chazak u'baruch

Definitions

  • (sentence) "Be strong and be blessed," usually said to someone who participated in a religious service in some way (for example, has an aliyah, makes a donation, opens the ark, etc.).

Example Sentences

  • Yosef just finished his aliyah, make sure you tell him "Hazak u'Baruch."

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew

Etymology

  • חזק וברוך

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
      • Sephardim: Jews with Sephardi or Mizrahi heritage
      • Syrian: Jews with recent ancestry in Syria
      • Persian: Jews with recent ancestry in Iran

      Dictionaries

      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      chazak uvaruch, hazak u'baruh, chazak ubaruch, hazak u'baruch

Notes

  • Hazak u'Baruch is used in Sephardic/Mizrahi circles in a very simliar way that "Yasher Koach" is used in Ashkenazi circles.

    The proper response to someone telling you "Hazak u'Baruch" is "Hazak ve'ematz" 'may you be strong and have courage' or "baruch tihiye" 'may you be blessed.'

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