Greetings & Congratulations
Although Jews have adopted the languages of the countries in which they live, they have always tended to retain traditional forms of greetings and congratulations either in Hebrew or Yiddish and occasionally in Aramaic, and some of these forms of greetings are adaptations of biblical verses while others are taken from the liturgy. Many are merely the expression of an emotion in Hebrew or Yiddish without any literary source. In the list below the most common forms of greetings are given; the list does not include the many variations which sometimes exist nor does it include simple translations such as boker tov (= good morning).
Occasions when said
Origin and/or reference
GREETINGS AND CONGRATULATIONS – GENERAL FORMS OF
Shalom or Shalom lekha
Peace to you.
As a common greeting equivalent to "hello" or "goodbye"
Gen. 29:6; 43:27;
I Sam. 16:4
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