simen tov, seeman tov
- A congratulatory term meaning "(may it be) a good omen!"
- "May this blessing be a siman tov for you and your family."
Languages of Origin
סימן טוב siman tov 'a good sign'
Who Uses This
Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Sephardim: Jews with Sephardi or Mizrahi heritage
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)
"Literally, 'good omen.' An expression of congratulations used by the Sephardim" (JPS).
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