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November 15, 2018 Anniversary Wishes For Parents 2 comments

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Ever hear someone use a Jewish greeting and aren’t sure what it means or how to respond? Happy and sad lifecycle moments, Jewish holidays and other occasions all have Jewish greetings attached. Here are some traditional Hebrew or Yiddish responses and their meanings—and a virtual pat on the back. You’re doing fine!

The most common Jewish greeting is Shalom, a Hebrew word which means hello, goodbye and peace.


Happy Occasions

[Pronounced be-hatz-la-ka]

This means good luck!

B’sha’ah tovah
[Pronounced be-sha-ah toe-vah]

Don’t say mazel tov when someone says they are pregnant. They don’t have the baby yet. Instead say “b’sha’ah tovah,” or “in a good hour”—meaning something like, I hope this works out perfectly. If you feel uncomfortable pronouncing that, say, “I’m so happy for you.”

Mazel tov
[Pronounced mah-zel tohv]

Though this expression means literally good luck (or “a good sign”), it’s always used to mean congratulations. It’s something to say to couples getting married, parents of children becoming bar or bat mitzvah and new parents (but not to be said to expecting parents). It’s also a nice thing to say to someone who has a birthday, or gets a new job or a new car.

One thing that makes Jewish subculture a little different from the dominant culture is that it’s typical to congratulate the parents, siblings and friends of people getting married, having a baby or watching their relative become bar or bat mitzvah. If someone says “Congratulations!” to you when you say you are going to a friend’s wedding, say, “Thanks,” not, “It’s not my wedding, you goofball.”

You might also hear some wise guy yell “Mazel tov” in a Jewish delicatessen when someone drops dishes. That’s because at Jewish weddings, it’s traditional to break a glass and sometimes also a plate.

Tithadesh or tithadshi
[Pronounced Teet-ha-desh or Teet-had-she]

When your friend gets new clothes, a new house or a new car, there is a special way to congratulate them—“Tithadesh,” may it renew you. (The feminine form of this word is “tithadshi.”) There isn’t a really a good English equivalent, because there’s no specific way of congratulating people on getting new things—but you can always say, “Congratulations, enjoy it!”

Yasher Koach
[Pronounced Ya-shair Ko-akh]

When someone has an aliyah (is called up to the Torah during a service) or reads from the Torah, or does some public ritual in the synagogue, one traditional thing to say is “Yasher koach,” may your strength increase. If you feel uncomfortable pronouncing that, you can say, “Good job” and shake their hand. If someone says that to you, reply, “Baruch tihiyeh”—or just, “Thanks!”

Sad Occasions

Next time, at a simchah

When you see someone you love at a sad occasion like a funeral, what do you say? There is a Yiddish expression, “Oyf simches” which means, “Let’s only meet at happy occasions.” A good substitute is, “Glad you could make it,” or “Hope the next time we meet is at a happier occasion.”

Ha-Makom yinachem etchem…
[Pronounced Ha-ma-comb yin-ahem et-hem]

There is a traditional Hebrew phrase to say at funerals and houses of mourning, “Ha-Makom hu yinachem et chem b’toch avlei tsiyon v’yerushalayim.” It means, “May the Merciful One comfort you among the mourners for Zion and Jerusalem.” It seems unlikely you will need to say this, but it’s good to be in the know. You don’t really have to say anything, just be there and listen. Or say, “I’m sorry.”

May their memory be a blessing

When expressing condolences, a common Jewish saying is “May his/her memory be a blessing.” This can go along with “Sorry for your loss.”

For more about what to say when you vist a house of mourning, see “How to Pay a Shiva Call,” and our booket, Mourning the loss of a Jewish loved one.

Times of Day

Boker tov
[Pronounced bo-ker Tohv]

Literally, “good morning.” Nice replies are “boker tov” right back, or “boker or,” meaning “morning light.”

Erev tov
[Pronounced air-ev Tohv]

Literally, “good evening.” You can reply “erev tov” right back.

Lilah Tov
[Pronounced Lie-Lah Tohv]

Literally, “good night.” An appopriate response is to say “lilah tov” back.


For more on holidays, see our Jewish Holidays Cheat Sheet.

Chag Sameach
[Pronounced CHAHG sah-MAY-ach]

(Happy holiday) with a heavy gutteral h at the beginning of the first word and the end of the second. Or if you are really sophisticated, Moadim l’simcha, which means “festivals for joy.” You may also hear “gut yuntuv,” which is Yiddish for happy holiday. This is typically said on Sukkot and Simchat Torah, Purim and Shavuot. It can really be said for any holiday, however.

Shabbat Shalom
[Pronounced sha-baht sha-loam]

The most traditional greetingon Shabbat  is the easiest: “Shabbat Shalom,” good Sabbath! You might also hear Gut Shabbes, which is Yiddish for good Sabbath. Saying Good Sabbath or Good Shabbes is a great way of greeting someone on Shabbat without speaking Hebrew. We say this to welcome one another or say goodbye on Shabbat.

Shavua Tov
[Pronounced Sha-voo-ah Tohv]

Shabbat officially ends when there are three stars in the sky on Saturday night.  Some close Shabbat with the short ceremony of Havdalah, meaning “separation,” to mark the separation of Shabbat from the rest of the week.  Starting on Saturday night, people often wish each other “shavua tov,” meaning “a good week,” as a wish for the coming week.  You might even hear people saying this through Sunday. You can repeat, “shavua tov!” to them right back.

Shana Tovah
[Prounounced Shaa-nah Toh-vah]

Traditional greetings on Rosh Hashanah include, “L’Shana Tovah tikatevu,” which means, May you be inscribed for a good year, or just “Shana Tovah,” which means “a good year.” Some say “Happy New Year!” or “a happy and healthy New Year.” You might also hear people greet in Yiddish, “Gut yomtev,” which means happy holiday.

Gamar hatimah tova
[Pronounced ga-mar ha-ti-mah toh-vah]

A traditional greeting for Yom Kippur is “Gamar hatimah tovah:” a good completion to your inscription (in the book of life). Some say “Gamar tov,” a good completion. Some say “Shanah tovah” or Happy New Year, and some say “Tzom kal” or have an easy fast.

Happy Hanukkah
[Pronounced Ha-noo-kah]

The big challenge here for many English-speakers is that initial heavy H sound, like the J in Jose or the ch in Loch Ness. (That’s why the holiday is sometimes spelled Chanukah.) Say Happy Hanukkah, do your best with the initial guttural h, smile and don’t worry.

Happy Purim
[Pronounced poo-rim]

The best greeting is Happy Purim! Some say Chag Sameach, which means Happy Holiday or Purim Sameach which means Happy Purim! This is a very fun, festive holiday and it’s all about the happy.

Happy Pesach or Passover
[Pronounced pay-sakh]

On Passover, some people say “Hag Sameah v’ kasher”—have a happy and kosher holiday. Or try Happy Pesach (Hebrew for Passover) or Happy Passover.

Conceiving a child is like conceiving an idea. A new These are wishes for the future rather than blessings for the past, more a prayer than a congratulation.

Jewish Cards

jewish baby congratulations card message

Need help writing the card message sent with your flowers?

When you are sending flowers, we will include your personal message hand-written (or printed) on a note card. The card is small, so your message should be short and sweet. Be sure to include your name so your recipient knows who is sending the gift. It is not always easy to write a heartfelt message that expresses how you feel, especially at a time of sorrow so we have written some card suggestions for different occasions

Get Well Soon Wishes

If you know the recipient well enough (and you know they’ll appreciate it!), a little humor is sometimes just the thing to brighten someone’s day in the hospital. However, if your colleague is the serious sort or you’re not very close, it’s safer to stick with more formal sentiments. Don't use cliches like, "There must be a reason." These well-known phrases have hardly any meaning, seem insincere, and can offend the ill person.

  • I am sorry you are not feeling well. I am praying for you to have a complete and quick recovery
  •     Get well soon. Feel better. We miss you!
  •     If I told you to "Get Well Soon," it wouldn't be soon enough. Get Well Now.
  •     Hope your recovery is a speedy one. We miss you!
  •     Sending loads of love your way for a speedy recovery!
  •     Our thoughts are with you. Get well soon! Thinking of you.
  •     Hope your surgery [GOES/WENT] well, and that your recovery is quick!
  •     Heard that you've been under the weather. Hope things clear up soon.

Sympathy Messages

Most people have a fear that they are going to upset or offend the person who will receive their sympathy words. Anxiety sets in as you try to find the correct sympathy card wording.Don't use phrases like "I know what you are going through" - the reason is that you probably don't know what the person is going through, and even if you do it can come across as minimizing the suffering and pain the receiving person is feeling. Below we offer more suitable choices for your sympathy message...

  •     Please accept these flowers and hear the words we are not able to speak
  •     With my deepest sympathy
  •     You are in my thoughts and prayers
  •     With love to you and your family
  •     In loving memory
  •     With heartfelt condolences
  •     My thoughts are with you at your time of need
  •     I want you to know that I am here for you at this time of grieving
  •     Thinking of you in these difficult times
  •     Please know our loving thoughts embrace you
  •     Our deepest sympathies during your time of loss. Please know that we are here for you.
  •     Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We are sorry for your loss.
  •     In loving memory of [NAME], [HE/SHE] will be missed dearly.
  •     Please accept our condolences on the loss of your [MOTHER/FATHER/OTHER RELATION].
  •     Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. From all your friends at [BUSINESS NAME]
  •     [NAME] will always be in our hearts and memories. With Sympathy, The [YOUR LAST NAME] Family

Apologies/I'm Sorry

Make the world a better place. Make amends. Make peace. Be kind. Take responsibility for your actions. Explain your actions. To apologize and confess our faults and mistakes is healthy...

  •     If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't.
  •     I'm soooooooooooo sorry. Please forgive me.
  •     I'll never forgive myself...but I'm hoping you will. I'm sorry.
  •     How can I begin to say I'm sorry. I didn't mean to upset you. I hope that you can forgive me.
  •     Wish I could turn back the time and make things right… Please forgive me!
  •     I blew it. Please give me another chance.
  •     Will these flowers let me out of the doghouse? I'm sorry. Let's make up.
  •     Please accept these flowers in place of the words I said. I'm truly sorry.
  •     I hate fighting, and I'm sorry for my part of this one! Please forgive me.
  •     I know I have [HURT YOU/YOUR FEELINGS] - please accept my sincerest apologies.
  •     I hurt you, but I didn’t mean to… Please forgive me!
  •     I’m so sorry for hurting your feelings - I take back my words! Hope you’ll forgive me!
  •     I am sorry I disappointed you.
  •     I was feeling defensive and when I feel defensive, sometimes I say things I don't mean.
  •     I hope you consider trying to forgive me.
  •     I would hate for our friendship to be lost. Please forgive me.
  •     I just wanted to say that I'm sorry for hurting you, and if you have it in your heart to forgive me, I want us to start anew.
  •     We may not have it altogether but together we have it all! Please lets start over.

Anniversary Card Messages

A romantic card message would be to repeat something that you said in your wedding vows or write a line from her favorite love poem, romance movie or quote. Or...

  •     Thank you for the memories of yesterday, for the happiness today, and the promise of all tomorrows! Happy Anniversary!
  •     I love you for not only who you are, but for who I am when I am with you
  •     Happy Anniversary - My love for you grows with each passing year.
  •     Happy Anniversary to the love of my life.
  •     We've both grown together through these years. I am looking forward to maturing even more with you.
  •     Hoping you two are blessed with many more years together.
  •     Thanks for being a couple of role models of marriage. Happy Anniversary.
  •     I love you just as much as I did on our wedding day. Happy anniversary.
  •     After 10 years, I still feel like we're newlyweds.
  •     Happy Silver Wedding Anniversary! After 25 years, you still make my heart skip a beat.
  •     Congratulations on 50 golden years!
  •     All of my heart, I send to you. All of my life, I'll spend with you. I love you!
  •     I love you today, as I did from the start. I'll love you forever, with all of my heart. Happy Anniversary!
  •     Our love is a journey, with a beginning but no end. We will walk the path together forever.
  •     My love for you grows stronger every year.
  •     We may not have it altogether but together we have it all!
  •     To my wife, my soul mate, my love, my life.

Romantic Card Messages (Valentine's Day/Sweetest Day)

Suitable for Valentine's Day, Anniversary, Sweetest Day, Just Because...

  •     A lifelong search has reached an end. I've found both my love and my best friend.
  •     You've stolen my heart. I know it's in good hands.
  •     You bring joy and love to my life.
  •     The beauty of these roses cannot match the beauty and depth of the love I feel for you. You are always in my heart!
  •     Be mine.
  •     I send a kiss inside the petals of each rose...
  •     My life just wouldn't be the same without you in it. I love you.
  •     Today is a very special day for sending all my love your way!
  •     With you it's Valentine's Day 365 days a year.
  •     They say you only fall in love once, but that can't be true... Every time I look at you, I fall in love all over again.
  •     Roses are red. Violets are blue. Carnations are sweet. And so are you!
  •     Roses are red, violets are blue, I am so happy that I love you!
  •     You're the twinkle in my eye, you're the song in my laugh, you're the light in my smile. You're my everything.
  •     You take my breath and every day.
  •     How sweet it is to be loved by you!
  •     Flowers today. Fireworks tonight!
  •     The beauty of these roses cannot match the beauty and depth of the love I feel for you. You are always in my heart!
  •     It's still a mystery to me, I haven't got a clue, how I got so lucky and found you!
  •     You are the love of my life.
  •     You are my angel sent from Heaven above. Happy Valentine's Day
  •     You + Me = Forever
  •     Je t'aime [FRENCH: "I love you"]
  •     Mi Amor, Te amo! [SPANISH: "My love, I love you"]

Birthday Card Message

  •     You'll always be younger than springtime. Happy Birthday!
  •     Hope your birthday's as terrific as you are.
  •     May all your birthday wishes come true!
  •     Wishing you a special birthday.
  •     Think of the years as gold bullion...and you're rich!
  •     Have an awesome birthday.
  •     It's your day to shine!
  •     All my best to the birthday [GIRL/BOY]!
  •     Remember, youth is wasted on the young.
  •     Like a fine wine, you improve with age.
  •     You may be over the hill…but at least you're still climbing!
  •     Mazel tov on your Bat Mitzvah! [Send to a 13 year old Jewish girl]
  •     Mazel tov on your Bar Mitzvah! [Send to a 13 year old Jewish boy]
  •     Happy 13th birthday to the world's best teenager.
  •     Drivers, watch the road! Someone just turned 16!
  •     Here's a toast to you on your 21st birthday! Cheers!
  •     Someone is turning the BIG 3 - 0! Celebrate!
  •     40 is the new 30. Happy Birthday!
  •     Warm wishes on your 30th birthday.
  •     Lots of love on your 40th birthday.
  •     You get better with every year. Happy 50th birthday!
  •     Happy 100th birthday. You're an inspiration to all of us.

New Baby Welcome Message

  •     Nice work, Mom and Dad!
  •     Congratulations on the birth of you new baby [BOY/GIRL]
  •     A star is born.
  •     Congratulations on your new bundle of joy.
  •     Sugar and spice and all that's nice, that's what little girls are made of. Congratulations!
  •     Wishing your family a happy and healthy life together.
  •     Frogs and snails and puppy-dogs' tails, that's what little boys are made of.
  •     A new baby is like the beginning of all things - wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.
  •     Adoption is when a child grew in its mommy's heart instead of her tummy. Congratulations on your new arrival!

Business Associate/Corporate Gift Cards

  •     It's always a pleasure working with you.
  •     Warmest regards.
  •     Nice work!
  •     Best of luck in your new venture.
  •     Thank you for your business
  •     Thank you for your support

Christmas Card Messages

  •     May your holiday season be bright.
  •     Joy to you and yours this holiday!
  •     Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
  •     We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
  •     Sending you Christmas cheer that lasts throughout the year!
  •     Have a holly, jolly Holiday!

Hanukkah Card Messages

  •     May the Festival of Lights bring blessings upon you and all your loved ones. Happy Hanukkah!
  •     Joy to the whole mispucha!
  •     May the Festival of Lights lend a glow to your year.
  •     May your home be filled with Hanukkah light and love.
  •     Wishing you eight days of peace and happiness! (and lots of potato pancakes!)
  •     Wishing you eight days and nights of happiness for Hanukkah! We hope that Chanukah does indeed bring you a festival of lights.
  •     Wishing you prosperity in business, peace in your life and happiness in your home.

Congratulations/Good Luck

  •     Congratulations! Glad to hear the good news!
  •     Congratulations! Keep up the good work.
  •     You did it! Congratulations!
  •     Well done!
  •     There's no stopping you now. Congratulations!
  •     Cool Move! Congratulations!
  •     Good luck in your new job.
  •     Bon Voyage!

Easter Card Ideas

  •     Easter greetings!
  •     Rejoice, Christ is risen!
  •     Warm Easter greetings to you and your family.
  •     Hoppy Easter!
  •     Have a hippity, hoppity Happy Easter.
  •     Rejoice, Celebrate, and have a very Happy Easter!
  •     Look what the bunny found in the carrot patch! Happy Easter!
  •     Sending you Happy Easter Wishes!
  •     Happy Easter! Happy Spring! Thanks for all the joy you bring!
  •     Wishing you a blessed Easter!
  •     May the promise of Easter fill you with peace and joy!
  •     Rejoice! He is watching over you this Easter!
  •     May this Easter warm your heart with peace!
  •     Wishing you the beauty of spring and the spirit of love this Easter!
  •     Wishing you a bright and joyous Easter!
  •     Happy Resurrection Day!
  •     May the promise of Easter fill your heart with joy!

Father's Day/Mother's Day/Grandparent's Day Card Ideas

It's always best to write something personal. Try writing about: A memory you share with your mother/father/grandparent - A recollection of your childhood. Mention qualities unique to your your relationship.

  •     Your love and wisdom have always helped guide me.
  •     On [MOTHER'S/FATHER'S/GRANDPARENT'S] Day and everyday, hope you know how much you're loved.
  •     Thank you for your encouragement and support always.
  •     Happy [MOTHER'S/FATHER'S/GRANDPARENTS] Day. You're my hero, [DAD/MOM/GRANDMA].
  •     To the world's greatest [DAD/MOM/GRANDMA].
  •     To the best [DAD/MOM/GRANDMA] in the whole world..
  •     Thanks [DAD/MOM], for always being there.
  •     You make the world a more beautiful place.
  •     [DAD/MOM/GRANDMA] you are my inspiration.
  •     A hug...a kiss...and lots of love for you on [MOTHER'S/FATHER'S/GRANDPARENTS] Day.
  •     No matter the distance between our homes, the distance between our hearts will never change.
  •     May the joy and love you give away, return to you this [MOTHER'S/FATHER'S/GRANDPARENTS] Day!
  •     You have a very special place, that no one else can fill...because you mean so much to me, and you know you always will! Happy [MOTHER'S/FATHER'S/GRANDPARENTS] Day!!!

Graduation Card Ideas

  •     Congratulations and best wishes for a succesful future.
  •     Not once did I ever doubt you'd make it.
  •     May your degree unlock many doors to well deserved success.
  •     To happy endings and new beginnings. Congratulations!
  •     Graduation is a time to celebrate your achievements, prepare for a future of opportunities and embrace a world of infinite possibilities.
  •     May God bless you on your graduation day.
  •     May all your dreams come true. Congrats.
  •     You have worked hard; now enjoy reaping the benefits!
  •     Congratulations Graduate, you did it!
  •     Dream big - Reach far - Shine brightly - You're a star, Congratulations on your Graduation!
  •     Congratulations, and best of luck in your future endeavors.
  •     Congratulations, graduate!
  •     Congratulations on your big day!
  •     Hope all your dreams come true. Congratulations.
  •     You did it! Congratulations, graduate!
  •     Hat's off to the graduate. Congratulations!
  •     Con-GRAD-ulations!

"Thank You" Card Samples

Personalize your thank you note by acknowledging the specific gift you received or the good deed or favor that someone did for you. Use words like Generous, Generosity, Useful, Perfect, Thoughtful, Appreciate, Grateful, Much Needed, Always Treasure.

  •     Thanks for all your help.
  •     I owe you big time.
  •     Thanks for being there.
  •     I'll never forget your kindness.
  •     Thank you for being my biggest supporter. I couldn't do it without you.
  •     I can't thank you enough, so please accept my flowers as a small token of my appreciation.
  •     I am so grateful for all you do, I can't thank you enough.
  •     Thanks for your patience, your loving words, your kindness, your friendship
  •     When the whole world left, you were there with open arms. Thanks for being my friend!!
  •     You were there for me when I needed you the most! Thank you for being my friend!

"Thinking of You" and "Just Because" Messages

Make your recipient feel special by surprising them with an unexpected gift. Thinking of you flowers can be sent any time a person wants to let another person know that they are in their thoughts. Send an encouraging card with a message of warmth and hope.

  •     Hope your day is sunshine and flowers with happy thoughts to fill the house.
  •     You're in my thoughts.
  •     Every time you see these blooms, remember someone is thinking of you!
  •     You may be out of sight, but never out of mind.
  •     Hope this brightens your day!
  •     I miss you, so I am sending you a floral hug!
  •     How ya doing, friend?
  •     Just thought I'd say hello!
  •     I miss seeing you, and so I wanted to send you some flowers to let you know I am thinking of you.
  •     I just wanted to let you know that I have been thinking about you lately. I am reminded of you as I go through my day and I smile. I hope these flowers make you smile too.
  •     I wish I could be there with you. Know that you are with me in my thoughts.
  •     You are too far away from me now, but you stay close in my thoughts.
  •     My thoughts and prayers are on you as you go through this challenging time.
  •     I know you are going through a lot right now. My thoughts are with you, and know that I am here for you if you need help.
  •     We have been praying for you lately, and you are in our thoughts.
  •     Enjoy the flowers, I'm sending them just because you're you.
  •     You're in my thoughts and I thought I'd let you know.
  •     It's not a special occasion. But you're a special person.

Retirement Card Messages

  •     Best wishes, now the fun starts!
  •     Now is the time to enjoy all the things you never had time to do when you worked.
  •     Enjoy your retirement. You've earned it.
  •     Goodbye time clock! Hello world!
  •     You deserve it…happy retirement!
  •     Happy retirement. We'll miss you!
  •     May you enjoy a long and wonderful retirement.

New Home Housewarming Card Messages

  •     May happiness & love move in with you.
  •     May you and your family enjoy years of happy times in your new home.
  •     There's no place like home! Congratulations.
  •     May you create countless memories in your new home.
  •     Hope your new home is filled with joy.
  •     Welcome to the neighborhood.
  •     Hope your new home is as special as you are.
  •     Home sweet new home.

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jewish baby congratulations card message

Simchat Bat celebrations (also called Brit Bat) are barely a generation old.  They are modeled after brit milah in that they provide a symbolic framework through which newborn baby girls are entered into the covenant of the Jewish people.  There are many different simchat bat ceremonies:  Foot washing, touching a Torah scroll, lighting candles, and being wrapped in a tallit are some that have become popular.

Because there are many different symbols and rituals that can be used in the context of a Simchat Bat celebration it is impossible to describe exactly what you can expect.  Instead I’ve chosen to describe one of my favorite types of celebration:  Candle lighting.

Once your friends and family are settled, the celebration begins with an introductory song such as “Hinei Mah Tov.”  After a few words of welcome, the baby can be brought in to the room by a family member.  Upon arrival all gathered should welcome her with the words:  ברוכה הבאה  B’rucha Ha’ba’a - May she who comes be blessed!

This may be followed by singing “Heyveynu Shalom Aleichem.” Like at a brit milah, here too we invoke the presence of the prophet Elijah.  We do so by having a special chair set aside as “Elijah’s Chair” and setting the baby in this chair (just for a moment.)  Doing so symbolizes our belief that each person has the potential to help bring about redemption and the Messiah (Messianic Age.)  The child may then be handed to another relative to carry during the brit (covenant) ceremony. 

In preparation for the ceremony family members, each with a candle, form two lines through which the baby may pass.  This is reminiscent of the brit ben hab’tarim that Abraham took part in (Genesis 15:9-21).  As the baby is carried between the lit candles, a niggun (word-less tune) or song may be sung and candle-holders may offer quiet blessings to the baby.  

The parents should be the last two people in line each with a candle.  As the baby passes between them and is handed to them, both parents should bring their candles together to light a single candle - representing the new life that they have created together.  (It is particularly beautiful to use this symbolism on a Saturday night (after Shabbat) when the single candle can be a havdalah candle.  A havdalah candle is, of course, one candle made up of two or more wicks.)

After the single candle has been lit, the parents may share some version of the following blessing:  

Praised are You, ADONAI our God, who rules the universe, whose mitzvot (commandments) add holiness to our lives and who gave us the mitzvah (commandment) to bring this child into the covenant of Abraham, our father and Sarah, our mother.

The leader or parents may then ask all gathered to share in the three-fold blessing: 


As she has entered the covenant, so may she enter the blessings of Torah (life-long learning), huppah (a loving-relationship), and ma’asim tovim (good deeds.)

The Simchat Bat concludes with a blessing over a cup of wine: 


Praised are You, ADONAI our God, who rules the universe, creating the fruit of the vine.

While the Simchat Bat ends here, the celebration continues with the naming of the child.  Click here to learn more.

What to Expect

Origins of Simchat Bat

A Bar Mitvah, if you weren't that sure, is a Jewish celebration that takes Also should you be addressing the card to the parents or the child themselves? They range from simple card messages and quotes through to funny.

Bar Mitzvah Wishes and Messages

jewish baby congratulations card message

You’re attending a Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony…

You got the boy a nice Bar Mitzvah gift (or the girl a unique Bat Mitzvah gift) for their special day…

Now… the only question remains:

“What do you write in the Bar/Bat Mitzvah card?”

After all, you want to let them know how much they mean to you, right?

These Bar/Bat Mitzvah card messages & wishes will help you do just that.

  • … Want to write a warm & emotional Bar/Bat Mitzvah blessing? No problem!
  • … How about a passage from the Talmud? You got it!
  • … Maybe you’d like to make them laugh? Sababa!
  • … Or maybe a blessing from Yoda? (no, this isn’t a typo) Sure, why not!

OK, OK… enough teasing.

Let’s go write a Bar/Bat Mitzvah wish that’ll make your card stand out!

Note: And yes, I’m giving you full permission to use, copy or share these blessings as you please!

Tip: If you don’t have time to personalize the card yourself, then you can get this cute Bar/Bat Mitzvah card instead.

Traditional Bar/Bat Mitzvah Wishes

Prefer to go the good ol’ Jewish route? Then stick to these traditional Bar & Bar Mitzvah greetings & wishes.

These wishes are great for both family (parents/grandparents, siblings, cousins… ) and friends.

Tip: You can mix & match several of these blessings and create your own Bar/Bat Mitzvah blessings cocktail! (you’ll see examples of how I combined several of these in the “Bar & Bat Mitzvah Card Message Examples” section)

  • Mazel Tov! (in Hebrew: !מזל טוב)
  • Ad 120! (in Hebrew: !עד 120)
  • Mazel Tov & congratulations on your Bar/Bat Mitzvah!
  • Happy Bar/Bat Mitzvah!
  • Today you begin a new chapter in your life.
  • May the Torah bless you and guide you throughout your life.
  • I wish you a life filled with joy, success, and achievement in everything you do.
  • May your heart conceive with understanding, may your mouth speak wisdom and your tongue be stirred with sounds of joy.
  • So excited to celebrate with you as your guest.
  • May this be the beginning of an amazing journey. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you.
  • I’m praying you will find happiness & success in everything you do.
  • I’m so proud of the young man/woman you’ve become. Keep making your parents proud!
  • You’re such a sweet/smart/special/beautiful/thoughtful young man/woman!
  • !כל שתבקש – לו יהי
  • You’ve blossomed into a beautiful young woman (don’t mention this to a Bar Mitzvah)

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Bar & Bat Mitzvah Quotes & Sayings

There’s nothing like inspiring words of wisdom to start off the Bar/Bat Mitzvah’s journey into adult Jewish life.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a quote from the Torah, a Jewish sage or just an inspiring quote to hang in your bedroom…

Besides – it makes your message stand out more (perhaps even worth keeping in a treasure chest?) in a sea of Bar/Bat Mitzvah wishes & sentiments that all sound the same.

  • “My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments; for they will add length to your days, years and peace to your life.” – Proverbs 3:1
  • “I found a fruitful world, because my ancestors planted it for me. Likewise I am planting for my children.” – Talmud, Taanit 23a
  • “Train up a child in the way he should go and even when he is old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6
  • “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” – Viktor Frankl
  • “Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise— apply your mind to my knowledge — for it is pleasing when you keep them within you and they are constantly on your lips…” – Proverbs 22:17
  • “It is a tree of life for those who hold fast to it.” – Proverbs 3:18
  • “He shall be like a tree planted by waters sending forth its roots by a stream.” – Jeremiah 17:8
  • “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31
  • “Whoever teaches his son teaches not only his son, but also his son’s son – and so on to the end of generations.” – Talmud, Kiddushin 30a
  • “Be strong and courageous! Neither fear, nor be dismayed of them, for the Lord, your God He is the One Who goes with you. He will neither fail you, nor forsake you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6
  • “Forgetfulness leads to exile while remembrance is the secret of redemption.” – The Baal Shem Tov
  • “A Bar Mitzvah is the time in his life when a Jewish boy realizes he has a better chance of owning a team than playing for one” – Jerry Reinsdorf
  • “I’m not a boy now. I’m a man, I hope. I hope I’ve had my artistic bar mitzvah somewhere” – Jeremy Piven (Ari Gold everybody!)
  • “May you live to see your world fulfilled, May you be our link to future worlds, and may your hope encompass all the generations to be. May your heart conceive with understanding, may your mouth speak wisdom and your tongue be stirred with sounds of joy. May your gaze be straight and sure, your eyes be lit with Torah’s lamp, your face aglow with heaven’s radiance, your lips expressing words of knowledge, and your inner self alive with righteousness. And may you always rush in eagerness to hear the words of One more ancient than all time.” – Talmud, Brachot 17A

Funny Bar & Bat Mitzvah Blessings

Are you a good friend of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah? Are you the clown of the family who can’t help but crack a few jokes? Are you like Chandler Bing (“Friends” fanatics will get this one)?

Then do yourself a favor and don’t be cliche. Cliche blessings are not cool…

Leave the lovey-dovey blessings to grandma and auntie Bracha.

Your goal is to be the smartass that cracks them up.

These blessings will do the trick…

  • Grow up, will ya?
  • You’re a big boy/girl now!
  • Welcome to the real world…
  • You’ve been living in a dream world, Neo…
  • Just because you’re a Jewish adult doesn’t mean you can start drinking!
  • Be a grownup and listen to your mommy.
  • Time to get a job…
  • I still remember when you were just a young 12-year-old as if it were yesterday.
  • Even though you’re officially a man now – stay the hell away from the alcohol! You’re not that kind of “man” yet.
  • Now that you’re all grown up, can I have your toys, please?
  • May the force be with you!
  • You’ve blossomed into a beautiful young woman (write this for a Bar Mitzvah)

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Bar & Bat Mitzvah Card Message Examples

You’ve now got a list of Bar & Bat Mitzvah greetings & blessing ideas… awesome!

Now… how do you put them together into a meaningful Bar/Bat Mitzvah card message?

How do you make your blessing stand out?

These Bar & Bat Mitzvah card templates will help you “nail” the wording…

Remember: You’re welcome to copy, borrow or steal any of these blessings. But don’t be lazy and copy it word for word, customize it a little…

Because you know what’ll happen if you do that, right? Some other guest who has read this article too will end and copying the exact same message… And trust me – you don’t want to end up with the same blessing as 10 other people.

The Bar/Bat Mitzvah will realize something “fishy” is going on here – and they’ll find out you cheated! You naughty, naughty boy/gal…

The Family Blessing

Congratulations on your coming of age!

May the Torah bless you and guide you throughout your whole life. I hope you know how blessed you are being surrounded by a family that loves you so much.

I wish you a lifetime filled with joy, success, and achievement in everything you do.

Continue being bright and hard-working, I’m so proud of you, and can’t wait to see what the future holds for you.

Mazel Tov!

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The Family Friend Blessing

You must be very excited!

Today you begin a new chapter of your young life.

Blessings to you on this special occasion,

and may the Torah and the love of your family be your guide in Life.

Mazel Tov!

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The Hebrew Blessing (for Bar Mitzvah)

!מזל טוב על הגיעך לגיל מצוות

!מאחל לך את כל הטוב שבעולם

…שאלוקים יברך אותך בשפע, ברכה והצלחה

…תמשיך להרוות נחת וגאווה להורים

שתגדל להיות בחור למופת ודוגמא לאחרים

.שה’ תמיד יהיה לצידך בכל אשר תעשה

!כל שתבקש – לו יהי

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Jewish Wisdom Blessing (Talmud)

“May you live to see your world fulfilled. May you be our link to future worlds, and may your hope encompass all the generations to be.

May you be our link to future worlds, and may your hope encompass all the generations to be. May your heart conceive with understanding, may your mouth speak wisdom and your tongue be stirred with sounds of joy.

May your heart conceive with understanding, may your mouth speak wisdom and your tongue be stirred with sounds of joy.

May your gaze be straight and sure,

your eyes be lit with Torah’s lamp, your face aglow with heaven’s radiance,

your lips expressing words of knowledge, and your inner self-alive with righteousness. And may you always rush in eagerness to hear the words of One more ancient than all time.”

And may you always rush in eagerness to hear the words of One more ancient than all time.”

Mazel Tov!

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The Funny Blessing (for Kicks & Giggles)

Congratulations on your Bar Mitzvah!

I still remember when you were just a young 12-year-old as if it were yesterday.

Even though you’re officially a man now – stay the hell away from the alcohol! You’re not that kind of “man” yet.

Speaking of which: now that you’re officially all grown up, can I have your toys?

Just kidding…

Mazel tov! I wish you all the love, happiness and success in the world…

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Jewish Yoda’s Blessing

Truly wonderful the mind of a child is.

Still wonderful you are, and more wonderful you shall become.

As you grow up, you will know the good from the bad when you are calm, at peace. Passive. A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack.

But PATIENCE YOU MUST HAVE, my young padawan…

Difficult to see. Always In motion is the future… But yours is a bright one.

May the force be with you!

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The Bar/Bat Mitzvah Poem Blessing

A handmade blessing, written especially for you.

Praying you will find happiness & success in everything you do.

You’re now celebrating your coming of age,

With the Torah alongside you as you go on stage.

We love you so much & wish you all the best,

So excited to celebrate with you as your guest.

Mazel Tov!

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There are many ways to write a Bar/Bat Mitzvah blessing, and even more Bar Mitzvah card messages to choose from.

You don’t necessarily have to go the “normal” (read: boring) way. You can spice it up a bit, add a bit of good old Jewish wisdom to the mix, or even write a short poem if you’re in a Shakespeare mood.

Bottom line – anything can work. Be smart, be creative, be thoughtful…

Most importantly: have a great time

P.S – tell the Bar/Bat Mitzvah I said Mazel Tov!

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