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Laban:  Son of Bethuel, brother of Rebecca, father of Leah and Rachel. He employed his son-in-law Jacob for twenty years and was a notoriously unscrupulous and dishonest individual.  [13 related articles] People & Events » People » Biblical Personalities » Five Books of Moses (Biblical Personalities) » Laban
Ladino:  a Spanish dialect spoken by many Sephardic Jews  [2 related articles] Human Being, The » Faculties and Talents » Speech; Communication » Language » Ladino
Lag BaOmer:  the 33rd day of the Omer, a minor festival falling between Passover and Shavuot, commemorating the end of a plague which killed thousands of Rabbi Akiva’s students; also the yahrzeit of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, author of the Zohar  [93 related articles] Calendar, The Jewish » Lag BaOmer
Lamed:  the twelfth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, prounounced "l," with a numerical value of 30  [5 related articles] Human Being, The » Faculties and Talents » Speech; Communication » Language » Holy Tongue, the; Hebrew » Aleph-Beit, The » Lamed
Lamentations, the Book of:  The book of Tanach authored by Jeremiah, lamenting the destruction of the Holy Temple, the suffering the Jews experienced at that time, and the ensuing exile. It is read on Tisha b'Av, the anniversary of the Temples' destruction.  [14 related articles] Torah, The » Tanach » Writings (Section of the Tanach) » Lamentations, the Book of
Lashon HaKodesh:  (lit. “the Holy Tongue”); Biblical Hebrew  [198 related articles] Human Being, The » Faculties and Talents » Speech; Communication » Language » Lashon HaKodesh
Latke:  Fried potato pancake, traditionally served on Chanukah.  [18 related articles] Calendar, The Jewish » Chanukah (Hanukkah) » Latke
Latkes:  Potato pancakes, traditionally served on Chanukah.  [18 related articles] Calendar, The Jewish » Chanukah (Hanukkah) » Latkes
L'chatchila:  L'chatchila: At the outset; a halachic term for the initially recommended or appropriate course of action, as opposed to b'dieved  Torah, The » Halachah (Torah law) » Halachic Concepts & Issues » L'chatchila
L'chatchila Ariber (Niggun of the Rebbe Maharash):  The tune and the name of this melody represent Rabbi Shmuel of Lubavitch's famous adage on dealing with challenges: "The world says, 'If you can't crawl under an obstacle, try to climb over,' but I say, 'At the outset, one should climb over!'"  [11 related articles] Torah, The » Kabbalah & Chassidism; Mysticism » Chassidism » Nigun, The » L'chatchila Ariber (Niggun of the Rebbe Maharash)
Leah:  (a) Third of the four Matriarchs. Oldest daughter of Laban; her father deceptively gave her hand in matrimony to Jacob, switching her for the intended bride, her younger sister Rachel. Mother of Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulon, and Dinah. Buried in the Cave of Machpelah in Hebron. (b) A common Jewish name.  [15 related articles] People & Events » People » Biblical Personalities » Five Books of Moses (Biblical Personalities) » Leah
LeChaim!:  (lit. “To life!”); A toast or blessing, often exchanged over wine or other strong drink.  [6 related articles] Torah, The » Kabbalah & Chassidism; Mysticism » Chassidism » Farbrengen, The » LeChaim!
Lekach:  (Yiddish) honey cake, eaten on Rosh Hashanah and the morning of the eve of Yom Kippur  [15 related articles] Calendar, The Jewish » Yom Kippur » Erev Yom Kippur » Lekach
Lemafreia:  (Aramaic) (a) retroactively; (b) out of proper sequence 
Levi:  (a) (1567-1429 BCE) Third son of Jacob and Leah, third of the Twelve Tribes. He and his brother Simeon destroyed the city of Shechem in retaliation for their sister Dinah’s abduction and violation. Ancestor of the priestly tribe of Levi. (b) A common Jewish name.  [5 related articles] People & Events » People » Biblical Personalities » Five Books of Moses (Biblical Personalities) » Levi
Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev:  1740-1809, Chassidic leader, one of the foremost disciples of the Maggid of Mezritch; renowned for his all-encompassing love and compassion for the Jewish people and for every individual Jew  [30 related articles] People & Events » People » Chassidic Personalities » Other Chassidic » Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev
Levin, R. Aryeh:  One of the foremost rabbinic leaders in Israel from the 1930’s to the 1960’s.  [3 related articles] People & Events » People » 20th Century Sages and Leaders » Levin, R. Aryeh
Levite:  A member of the priestly tribe of Levi.  [106 related articles] Human Being, The » Peoples, Nationalities & Cultures » Jewishness; Jewish Identity » Twelve Tribes of Israel, The » Levite
Levites, The:  A member of the priestly tribe of Levi.  [106 related articles] Human Being, The » Peoples, Nationalities & Cultures » Jewishness; Jewish Identity » Twelve Tribes of Israel, The » Levites, The
Leviticus, the Book of:  The third of the Five Books of Moses, describes the inauguration of the Tabernacle, and contains many of the mitzvot, including the laws of sacrifices[406 related articles] Torah, The » Parshah (Weekly Torah Reading) » Leviticus, the Book of
Lieber Foter:  (Yiddish) beloved father 
Lifnim Mishurat HaDin:    [3 related articles] Torah, The » Halachah (Torah law) » Halachic Concepts & Issues » Lifnim Mishurat HaDin
Likkutei Dibburim:  (lit. "Collected Talks"); a selection of the public talks of the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn  [3 related articles] Torah, The » Torah Books » Chassidic Works » Likkutei Dibburim
Likkutei Sichot:  (lit. "Collected Talks"); the edited collection of the Rebbe’s talks  [5 related articles] Torah, The » Torah Books » Chassidic Works » Likkutei Sichot
Likkutei Torah:  a classic collection of chassidic discourses by the first Chabad Rebbe, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, collected and edited by his grandson, the Tzemach Tzedek  [8 related articles] Torah, The » Torah Books » Chassidic Works » Likkutei Torah
Lishmah:  (lit. “for its own sake”) an action done for its own sake, and not for the promise of reward; often used in reference to Torah study 
Livyatan:  a giant sea creature whose flesh will be served to the righteous in the Messianic age 
Loshon Horo:  (lit. “the evil tongue”); gossip and slander  [67 related articles] Torah, The » Mitzvah; Mitzvot » Loshon Horo
Lot (Abraham's nephew):  Son of Haran, nephew of Abraham. He accompanied Abraham on his journey to Canaan and on his subsequent travels. After conflict arose between the two, he relocated to Sodom. When he was taken captive, Abraham rushed to his aid, battling four kings to secure his freedom. When Sodom was destroyed, angels were dispatched to save him. He is the ancestor of the nations of Ammon and Moab.  [10 related articles] People & Events » People » Biblical Personalities » Five Books of Moses (Biblical Personalities) » Lot (Abraham's nephew)
Lot's Wife:  Wife of Lot. When Sodom was destroyed, she disregarded the angels admonition and turned around to witness the destruction. She was immediately transformed into a pillar of salt. According to the Midrash, her given name was “Idis.”  [4 related articles] People & Events » People » Biblical Personalities » Five Books of Moses (Biblical Personalities) » Lot's Wife
Lubavitch:  (lit. “town of love”) townlet in the county of Mohilev, White Russia, which served as the center of the Chabad Chassidism for four generations, from 1813 to 1915 and whose name has become synonymous with the movement.  [250 related articles] Human Being, The » Peoples, Nationalities & Cultures » Religions & other 'Ism's » Judaism » Jewish Movements & Organizations » Lubavitch
Lulav:  the palm branch used during the festival of Sukkot for the mitzvah of the Four Species  [10 related articles] Calendar, The Jewish » Sukkot » Four Kinds, The » Lulav

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