behatzlacha

Alternative Spellings

behatzlocha, behatslacha, b'hatzlachah, behatzlachah, b'hatzlacha

Definitions

  • good luck (a wish)
  • go with success

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Modern Hebrew

Etymology

בהצלחה lit., 'in success'

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

Notes

Sometimes modified to "behatzlacha rabah" (with lots of luck/success), "hatslocho rabo" (much luck/success) (Glinert), or simply "hatslacha" / "hatzlachah" (luck/success). The stress can vary from final syllable (Israeli/Sefardic pronunciation) to penultimate syllable (Ashkenazi), but there is a tendency to pronounce it the Israeli way.

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