One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(among Jewish people) congratulations; good luck.
- ‘The shabbos after I was declared to be in complete remission, the men of the shul danced and sang mazel tov while the women cried and hugged me.’
- ‘The couple is then pronounced man and wife, and the groom steps on a glass as everyone shouts mazel tov.’
- ‘I'm not sure the film is precisely a comedy - in fact, I'm pretty sure it's not - but all publicity is good publicity, so mazel tov to them!’
- ‘Though she'd been told otherwise, right to the last that woman thought a surprise rabbi would appear from the rafters to say mazel tov.’
From modern Hebrew mazzāl ṭōḇ, literally ‘good star’.
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