Traditional Greetings for the Jewish Holidays: There are many ways to greet one another on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Simchat Torah – in addition to that always-appreciated hug! Here are the traditional Jewish greetings for the holiday season:
On Rosh Hashanah and before, you can say “Shanah tovah,” meaning “Happy [New] Year” or “Shanah Tovah Tikateivu” – “May you be inscribed [in the Book of Life] for a good year.”
Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, it is traditional to greet each other by saying “G’mar tov” – “May you finish well,” or “G’mar chatimah tovah” for “May you be signed [in the Book of Life] for good.”
On Yom Kippur, it is traditional to wish each other a “Tzom Kal,” an “Easy Fast.”
Finally, on Sukkot and Simchat Torah, we greet each other with “Chag Sameach!” – “Happy Holiday!”
Whatever language you choose, we hope that there will be many warm greetings between all at Jewish Family Congregation in the upcoming weeks.