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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Mazel Tov

What is the appropriate response to Mazel Tov? I've always wondered.

A. Mazel Tov

B. Thank You

C. G-d willing bei you

D. Yes

E. Right back at you!

Any ideas?

Well, in any event, Mazel Tov to Curly on putting on Tfillin today!






44 comments:

Ezzie said...

Mazel Tov! (I believe it's either 1 or 2. :) But it's fun to give a blank look, pause for an extra awkward second, and *then* say it.)

Great R' Michel pic!

Ayelet said...

I believe the "correct" answer would be Baruch Tiheeyeh/Tiheeyee (Okay, that does not transliterate very easily, does it?).

Neil Harris said...

I second Ezzie's comment about the photo of "The Rabbi".

In terms of a response, I'd choose "E" or "I could have gotten the tefillin for a lot less on eBay.

Great hat!

torontopearl said...

Mazel Tov to you all!

Um, did my invitation to the bar mitzvah get lost in the mail as I'm guessing/hoping/plotting it did?

Baleboosteh said...

Mazel Tov!

Rafi G said...

mazelt ov! you should have lots of nachas!

A Simple Jew said...

MAZEL TOV!!

~ Sarah ~ said...

mazal tov!! :)

Doctor Bean said...

Strong work. It's A if the happy event relates to a thrid person not in the conversation. It's B if the happy event relates to the person being addressed. I usually mix it up with "up yours, buddy".

PsychoToddler said...

DB: That makes the most sense to me.

orieyenta said...

Mazel Tov!

Love the pictures - the PT clan is looking quite spiffy.

Essie said...

Mazel Tov! I believe the correct answer is B. Adorable glimpse of the PT peeking from behind her Mom's skirt.

Eeees said...

Mazal Tov!!
I believe the correct answer is B, but I think that E can also do in a pinch! ;)
Just remind Curly that he need not use the tfillin straps like a tourniquet, and all will be well!

Irina Tsukerman said...

Mazal Tov!

Stacey said...

That's wonderful! Mazal tov to Curly.

P.S. I always answer with "thank you."

tuesdaywishes said...

The correct response most of the time is B, but when the person wishing you "Mazel Tov" is an equal participant in the simcha (fellow guest at a wedding, cousin on the other side at a bris/bar mitzva etc) then the response is A. If the other person is a greater participant in the simcha (grandparent at bris or bar mitzva, machutonim at wedding) the response is "Mazel Tov Mazel Tov!" accenting the second Mazel Tov.

Don't let the wedding reference freak you out. Ms Balabosta was two years older than Fudge is now when she married you.

PsychoToddler said...

Good Gravy Laya, what are you trying to do to me??

deadherring said...

Ha! Glad you brought this up--I've long wondered about it. I usually do one of these: "Thank...Um Mazal.. um, thanks!". Then I think about it and swear I will figure it out before the next person walks over. Then I repeat the process. It's awesome. You should try it sometime.

Anonymous said...

Mazel tov!!!

I would go with A or B depending on the situation. Like someone in the same celebration (I dunno...a member of the same wedding party?), I would go with A.

B is always a very very safe bet.

Bagel Blogger said...

Hi Psyco Toddler Just some feedback my Wife, Yesterday and Myself today couldn't see the video of Curly putting on Tfillin.
As we have a satelite connection it may be us. but it may also be you have it set to private.
[It shows as being private]

As a person converting, I went to Morning service when I was in Sydney and I have to say I look forward to one day putting on Tfillin. I watched the other men from my Shule do it, and its so obviously deep in meaning and spirituality.

Mazal Tov to Curly and all the family.

Aaron

PsychoToddler said...

Sorry, Aaron. Try it now.

shmiel said...

Mazal Tov.....Did anyone else see the irony in A Chassidic Rebbe putting so called Nusach Ashkenaz (winding in) tefillin on your young man? Your Galicianer forbears probably wound their's out....

Anonymous said...

Mazel tov! I think the correct response is f) big goofy grin - at least that's what I usually try to do! Do boys get calmer by bar mitzvah age? Destructive Andy is driving us crazy (in a good way)!

Kiwi the Geek said...

So does this mean he also turned 13? Mazal tov, and happy birthday! Why does the strap go around the arm so much?

Essie, where do you see the PT or her mother?

Kiwi the Geek said...

Never mind. I wasn't getting the first picture, in the old-fashioned land of 56k dialup.

outofAMMO said...

You may now return from the edge of your seat. Kiwi, we hold that you put on teffilin one month before the bar mitzvah, so I'm not actually 13.

Ha! I got less comments on the post about teffilin on MY blog!

Shira Salamone said...

Mazal tov, mazal tov, mazal tov. That's one mazal tov posted on my blog, one mazal tov posted on your blog, and one mazal tov just posted on Curly's blog. :)

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

The correct answer is "Thank You"

And a big Mazal tov on the Tefllin day! I still remember one of the older guys in shul coming over to me the day I put on tefillin for the first time, picked up one of my tefillin cases, flipped it open and said, "Earth to Scotty - beam this guy up...he's putting on tefillin today for the first time."

Eeees said...

This comment goes out to Curly:
I tried to post a comment on your blog..but was rejected!!
::sniffle...sob::

PsychoToddler said...

Shmeil: My galicianer forebearers were unfortunately murdered by the Germans before I was born, so they weren't around to show me their minhagim. And my dad...didn't have any minhagim. Let's call this "Minhag Dov Revel."

RM: The boys definitely get less hyperactive as they mature, but they still maintain their level of destructiveness. It's manifest in different ways.

Shira thanks,

Kiwi, see OOA (Curly)'s comment.

Jameel: Cool crew you had there.

eeees: Time to get a REAL blogger ID! Tell hubby I layned Noach last week (first aliyah, at any rate).

socialworker/frustrated mom said...

Nice pics. Mazel tov! Any of the responses are really appropriate.

REReader said...

Mazel Tov!

The phrase "mazel tov" is short for "b'mazal tov u b'sha'a tova u mitzlachat" (Can you tell I don't know how to transliterate?!)--"in a good sign and in a good and lucky hour." In other words, this lovely happening should have all the astrologically positive symbols. Yes, the good ol' Jewish phrase "mazel tov" is something we picked up from the Babylonians. So the properly "frum" response, if "frum" were logical and educated, would be along the lines of "Apicorus! Get away from me!"

But no one thinks about it, so the response I've always given is "Baruch tiheeyeh", which is a nice modest and Jewish response. In my neighborhood are lots of Jews of German descent, and they usually say "Auf simchos," which is a nice wish back. But really anything well meant seems to be well received, since no one else knows either.

Eeees said...

PT:
To get a REAL blogger ID, I may have to ::gasp:: keep a REAL blog!
Now, why would anyone want to do something difficult like that, instead of just living vicariously through the blogging efforts of others?
Mazal tov on both Curly as well as your layning efforts! I'll pass the info on to the husband. :)

PsychoToddler said...

You don't have to have a blog to get a blogger ID.

outofAMMO said...

Really?! My blog was started becuase I wanted to comment. I didn't actually want to blog.

Eeees said...

PT: I didn't know that!
So I guess I will have to get a "REAL ID" ::puts away fake ID badge in upper dresser drawer::

PsychoToddler said...

I thought "Baruch Tih'yeh" was the response to "Yasher Koach".

Unless you are sfardi, and they you say "chazak ubaruch".

miriam said...

Well, actually, Blogger makes you set up an actual blog to get a blogger id, but you can
1) later delete it
2) make it private and/or
3) never actually post on it.

But at any rate, Mazel Tov, and thank you so much for asking that question, because I never bothered to ask, but have of course wondered for years myself. I kind of defaulted to "thank you" if it was my simcha, and "mazel tov" if it wasn't, which seems to have been right on target. yeah! (I've also heard Baruch Tiyeh, but only from Israeli friends who hang out in B'ne B'rak, and the wife of the Rosh Kollel.)

kasamba said...

MAZAL TOV!!!!!
May he be a great source of nachas to you and your family!!!

tnspr569 said...

Mazel Tov!!! Wishing you all the best for the years to come...

Rafiki said...

yay!

PsychoToddler said...

Right back at you!

tzuriel said...

Mazel Tov Doc!

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