chazak u'baruch

Alternative Spellings

chazak uvaruch, hazak u'baruh, chazak ubaruch, hazak u'baruch

Definitions

  • "be strong and be blessed," usually said to someone who participated in a religious service in some way (for example, has an aliyah, makes a donation, opens the ark, etc.)

Example Sentences

  • Yosef just finished his aliyah, make sure you tell him "Hazak u'Baruch."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

חזק וברוך

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Sephardim: Jews with Sephardi or Mizrahi heritage
Syrian: Jews with recent ancestry in Syria
Persian: Jews with recent ancestry in Iran

Dictionaries

The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

Notes

Hazak u'Baruch is used in Sephardic/Mizrahi circles in a very simliar way that "Yasher Koach" is used in Ashkenazi circles. The proper response to someone telling you "Hazak u'Baruch" is "Hazak ve'ematz" 'may you be strong and have courage' or "baruch tihiye" 'may you be blessed.'

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