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Hebrew Phrases

Shabbat Shalom
Peaceful Sabbath
שַׁבָּת שָׁלוֹם

Used any time on Shabbat, especially at the end of a Shabbat service. Used also preceding Shabbat (in Israel) almost like “have a good weekend.”

Shavua Tov
(Have a) Good week
שָׁבוּעַ טוֹב

Used on Saturday nights after Havdalah and even on Sundays “shavua tov” is used to wish someone a good coming week

Chag Sameach
Happy Holiday
חַג שָׂמֵחַ

Used as a greeting for the holidays, can insert holiday name in the middle; “chag Hanukkah sameach”.

L’Shanah Tovah
To a good year
לְשָׁנָה טוֹבָה

Used as a greeting during Rosh Hashanah and the Days of Awe, Also used, simply “shanah tovah” (שָׁנָה טוֹבָה)

Tzom Kal
(May you have an) Easy fast
צוֹם קַל

Used to wish someone well for Yom Kippur. The word “happy” is not used because Yom Kippur is meant to be somber holiday.

Hello, goodbye, peace

A Hebrew greeting literally meaning “peace” and used for both hello and goodbye.

Mazel Tov
Good luck
מַזָּל טוֹב

Used to mean congratulations.

B’ezrat HaShem
With G-d’s help
בְּעֶזְרָת הַשֵּׁם

Used by religious Jews when speaking of the future and wanting G-d’s help (similar to “G-d willing”).

Yishar Koach
You should have strength
יְשַׁר כֹּחַ

Meaning “good for you”, “way to go”, or “more power to you”. Often used in synagogue after someone has received an honor.

Kol Ha Kavod
All of the honor
כֹּל הַכָּבוֹד

Used for a job well done.

To life

The equivalent of saying “cheers” when doing a toast

Good health

Hebrew equivalent of saying “bless you” when someone sneezes.