leshana tova tikateivu


leshana tova tikateivu (le-sha-NAH to-VAH tee-kah-TEY-voo) listen


  • interj. "(May you) be inscribed for a good year (in the Book of Life)!" A formal greeting exchanged by Ashkenazim on Rosh Hashanah.

Example Sentences

  • "Leshana tova tikateivu to you all!"

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • לשנה טובה תכתבו leshana tova tikateivu 'be inscribed for a good year'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
      • Organizations: People involved in a professional or volunteer capacity with Jewish nonprofit organizations


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      leshanah tovah tikateivu, leshono tovo tikosevu, leshana tova tikateivu, lashana tova tikateivu, l'shana tova tikateivu, lashanah tovah tikateivu, l'shanah tovah tikateivu, leshono tovo tikoteivu, lashono tovo tikoteivu, l'shono tovo tikoteivu, leshonoh tovoh tikoteivu, lashonoh tovoh tikoteivu, l'shonoh tovoh tikoteivu, leshana tova tikaseivu, lashana tova tikaseivu, l'shana tova tikaseivu, leshanah tovah tikaseivu, lashanah tovah tikaseivu, l'shanah tovah tikaseivu, leshono tovo tikoseivu, lashono tovo tikoseivu, l'shono tovo tikoseivu, leshonoh tovoh tikoseivu, lashonoh tovoh tikoseivu, l'shonoh tovoh tikoseivu, leshana tova tikatevu, lashana tova tikatevu, l'shana tova tikatevu, leshanah tovah tikatevu, lashanah tovah tikatevu, l'shanah tovah tikatevu, leshono tovo tikotevu, lashono tovo tikotevu, l'shono tovo tikotevu, leshonoh tovoh tikotevu, lashonoh tovoh tikotevu, l'shonoh tovoh tikotevu, leshana tova tikasevu, lashana tova tikasevu, l'shana tova tikasevu, leshanah tovah tikasevu, lashanah tovah tikasevu, l'shanah tovah tikasevu, lashono tovo tikosevu, l'shono tovo tikoseiu, leshonoh tovoh tikosevu, lashonoh tovoh tikosevu, l'shonoh tovoh tikosevu, leshana tova tikateyvu, lashana tova tikateyvu, l'shana tova tikateyvu, leshanah tovah tikateyvu, lashanah tovah tikateyvu, l'shanah tovah tikateyvu, leshono tovo tikoteyvu, lashono tovo tikoteyvu, l'shono tovo tikoteyvu, leshonoh tovoh tikoteyvu, lashonoh tovoh tikoteyvu, l'shonoh tovoh tikoteyvu, leshana tova tikaseyvu, lashana tova tikaseyvu, l'shana tova tikaseyvu, leshanah tovah tikaseyvu, lashanah tovah tikaseyvu, l'shanah tovah tikaseyvu, leshono tovo tikoseyvu, lashono tovo tikoseyvu, l'shono tovo tikoseyvu, lashonoh tovoh tikoseyvu, leshonoh tovoh tikoseyvu, lashonoh tovoh tikoseyvu, leshone toyve tikoseyvu, l'shonoh tovoh tikoseyvu


  • "These words also commonly appear on the 'Happy New Year' greeting cards Jews send to family and friends at this time of year. According to the Talmud, God inscribes the names of the righteous in the Book of Life; the fate of all others is on hold until Yom Kippur. How one behaves—repenting, performing acts of charity, and praying—can influence God's decree during the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur" (JPS).

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