Shana Tova 5773

Our traditional greeting for the High Holidays is – Shana Tova – ” a good year ”  Typically we do not say “Happy New Year” but that is not wrong it just isn’t the traditional greeting. We offer a wish for sweetness, health, peace and wellbeing.

On the first night of Rosh Hashanah after the evening prayer, it is the custom to wish Le’shana Tova Tikoteiv Vetichoteim (Le’Alter LeChaim Tovim U’Leshalom) which is Hebrew for “May you be inscribed and sealed for a Good Year (and for a Good and Peaceful Life)”.

Shana Tova Umetukah is Hebrew for “A Good and Sweet Year.”

Ketiva ve-chatima tovah which translates as “May You Be Written and Sealed for a Good Year.”

Tizku leshanim rabbot (“may you merit many years”), to which the answer is ne’imot ve-tovot(“pleasant and good ones”) is the Sephardic tradition. (or just “many years”)

 

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