chazak veematz

Alternative Spellings

hazak ve'ematz, hazak veematz, chazak ve'ematz, chazak veamatz, chazak ve'amatz, hazak veamatz, hazak ve'amatz, chazak veemats, chazak ve'emats, hazak veemats, hazak ve'emats, chazak veamats, chazak ve'amats, hazak veamats, hazak ve'amats

Definitions

  • "Be very strong and courageous!"

Example Sentences

  • "To the Congress of the United States and to the great people of America, I wish to say 'Chazak Ve'ematz' be strong and of good courage, and we, and all peoples who cherish freedom, will be with you." (https://www.jpost.com/israel/entire-text-of-olmert-speech-to-congress)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

חזק ואמץ chazak ve'emats 'strong and courageous'

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Sephardim: Jews with Sephardi or Mizrahi heritage

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

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