Is it Mazel or Mazal?

April 12, 2020

The age old question, is it Mazel Tov or Mazal Tov? Who knew words could be so complicated!

In actual fact it's not so complicated after all and here's why.

 

'Mazel' or 'Mazal' means 'Luck'.

 

The modern Hebrew word for Luck is Mazal and is pronounced with an 'a'. The Yiddish word for Luck is Mazel and pronounced with an 'e'.

 

Depending upon where you originate from will depend on how you pronounce and subsequently say or write the word, it is as simple as that.  There is no right or wrong answer.

 

You can use Mazal Tov or Mazel Tov.

 

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What you should also know...

 

In Hebrew, we say things back to front! As an example if you have tummy ache, you would say I have 'ache tummy'. Now that IS complicated, but that's the Hebrew language for you!

 

So don't get too confused when you realize that the literal translation for Mazal Tov (or Mazel Tov) is Luck Good.

 

Mazal - Luck    Tov - Good

 

 

 

Bella Jacob is a Jewish Greeting Card wholesaler and a Jewish Greeting Card Publisher.  We design all of our Jewish greeting cards in our studio in Cheshire, England and ship all over the world.

 

To see our full range of Mazel Tov cards please click HERE 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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