(lit. "a good
") Traditional congratulatory wish for happy lifecycle events such as births, weddings, circumcisions, and bar or bat mitzvahs.
I always thought Mazel Tov meant “congratulations.” I recently heard that it actually means “good luck.” But I thought Jews don’t believe in luck . . . ?
Is this just an outgrowth of the wedding custom, or is there something more to it?
Letters and Numbers of Torah—Vayeitzei
Jacob’s seventh son is Gad, a name that means “good luck” (Genesis 30:11). But do Jews really believe in luck?
Conceiving a child is like conceiving an idea. A new idea is very exciting, but until it has been brought into the concrete world and actualized, it is too early to celebrate...
Is it possible for someone to have bad luck? I am a college graduate, a learned man, but cannot seem to make any money...
Artist’s Statement: Most often used when offering congratulations or wishing good luck, “Mazal Tov” has a deeper message. Mazal means an “alignment of stars.” Each of us is born under an astrological field. Mazal determines personality, circumstances and
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