mazel tov

Alternative Spellings

mazel tov, mazal tov, mazal tof, mazl tov


  • congratulations [lit. "good fortune"]

Example Sentences

  • An elderly congregant at my pulpit said to the bat miztvah "Mazel Tof, Zoe. What a great job you did."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Yiddish, Modern Hebrew


Heb מזל טוב mazál tov, Yiddish מזל־טובֿ mázltov

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)


North America


The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).

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