Likkutei Sichos Dictionary

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Chabad::Acronym formed by the initial letters of the Hebrew words Chochmah, Binah, and Daas, which are both (i) the first three of the Ten Sefiros, or divine emanations, and (ii) the corresponding stages that comprise the intellectual process (known as seichel or Chabad).

Chabad::The Chassidic dynasty founded by Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi

Chafifah ("washing"):The cleansing a woman must perform prior to immersion in a mikveh.

Chagat:1. An acronym for chesed, gevurah, tiferet ("loving-kindness, strength, beauty"); 2. The second triad of sefirot, which together constitute the primary emotions (see Chabad, Nehi).


Challah ("Dough"):a. in the time of the * Beis HaMikdash, a mandatory contribution of dough for the * Kohen; b. a usually braided loaf (pl., challos) baked in honor of *Shabbos

Chanukah ("Dedication"):

Chanukah:Festival of Lights. Eight day holiday commemorating the repudiation of Greek anti-religious decrees and the subsequent restoration and rededication of the Second Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the year 165 b.c.e. At least one of the eight days falls on a Sabbath. Usually occurs in December.

Chas V'Shalom:Hebrew for 'G-d forbid'

Chasadim:Plural of chesed (second sense).

Chashmal ("electrum"):Chashmal is a fiery radiance identified in the vision of Ezekiel as surrounding the Divine countenance seated upon the heavenly chariot; interpreted in Chassidic thought as the dynamic of "silent speech."

Chasidism:a. the movement within Orthodox Judaism founded in the eighteenth century by R. Yisrael, the Baal Shem Tov, and stressing emotional involvement in prayer; service of G-d through the material universe; the primacy of wholehearted earnestness in divine service; the mystical in addition to the legalistic dimension of Judaism; the power of joy, and of music; the love to be shown to every fellow Jew, unconditionally; and the mutual physical and moral responsibility of the members of the informal chassidic brotherhood, each chassid having cultivated a spiritual attachment to their saintly and charismatic leader, the *Rebbe; b. the philosophy and literature of this movement; see also *Chabad

Chassid "pious one" "kind one":An adherent to the teachings of Chassidut; specifically, the follower of a chassidic leader Rebbe.

Chassidim:Followers of the philosophy of the Baal Shem Tov

Chassidish:An adjective for a something that is characteristic of Chassidim.

Chassidus/chassidut:("Piety" or "lovingkindness"also called "Chassidism") A way of life that goes beyond the letter of the law. Chassidus Chabad The school of Chassidic thought taught by the Rebbeim of Chabad

Chatoteret ("Hunchback"):Chatoteret is the arch connecting the Hebrew letters vav and zayin into the form of the letter chet.

Chavakuk Habakkuk:

Chayah ("The living one):Chayah, is the second highest of the five levels of soul. See soul.

Chayot ("Living beings"):Chayot are the four-winged angels seen by Ezekiel in his vision of the Divine chariot. These angels occupy the world of Yetzirah.

Chayut ("Lifeforce"):Chayut is the essential vitality of the soul.

Chazal: Hebrew initials for Chochmenu Zichrona Levaracha (Our sages

Chazzan: See Cantor.
Cheder: Elementary Hebrew school for religious studies.
Chometz: Leavened bread or substances, altogether prohibited to be enjoyed or even possessed on Passover.

Chedvah (Joy):Chedvah, from the root chad, meaning "sharp" or "unitary," describes the initial "point" of joy, which as a laser beam pierces through one's hitherto unelated state of consciousness.

Chelek Elokah me'mal:the Jewish soul "is an actual portion of God above"

Cherubim:1. a type of angel. 2. The Torah refers to two golden (baby-faced) cherubim sculpted atop of the Ark of the Covenant

Chesed Chinum:("undeserved chesed").

Chesed ("Lovingkindness"):the fourth of the ten sefirot, and the first of the emotive attributes within Creation.

Cheshvon:Eighth month of the hebrew calender

Chet:The 8th letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

Chilufei Otiyot (interchanging of letters):The term chilufei otiyot (lit. "the interchanging of letters") refers to any one of the alphabetic transformation systems described in the Kabbalah. Each system by itself is referred to as an alef-beit. In Sefer Yetzirah, 22 such alef-beits are described (as the logically ordered basis of all the two-letter subroots of the Hebrew language; see Rela she?arim). The six most common transformation systems are Al-bam,At-bash, Ach-bi, Ayik-becher, Achas-beta, and At-bach.

Chitas:An acronym for Chumash (the five books of Moses),Tehillim (Psalms), and the Tanya of Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi. The Previous Rebbe instructed that everyone learn a daily portion of each Chumash and Tanya and recite a daily portion of Tehillim

Chocham(Chochomim):Hebrew for 'sage' or scholar

Chochmah; lit.,:wisdom':the first of the Ten Sefiros, or divine emanations; the first stage of the intellectual process (cf. Chabad); reason in potentia.

Choshech kaful u’mechupal (חשך כפול ומכופל):  a doubled and redoubled darkness

Chossid (pl. chassidim):Disciple(s) of a Rebbe

Chozeh:Hebrew for seer (prophet). Rebbe Yakov Yitzchok of Lublin was called the Chozeh because Ruach HaKodesh.

Chukos:Weekly portion where the Torah is read from Bamidbar (Numbers) 19 22-Jan 1

Chumash:the Five Books of Moses (the Pentateuch)

Chupah ("canopy"):The canopy under which the Jewish wedding ceremony takes place.

Chutz (khootz) L’Aretz:  Outside of Israel , Diaspora


Cohen ("priest"; pl, Cohanim):See Kohen

Confidence (bitachon):"Confidence" is the spiritual state associated with the sefirah of netzach.

Crown (keter):"Crown" is the first of the ten sefirot.

Cubit:Cubit is a unit of measure, variously identified as equivalent to 48 or 60 centimeters.