The celebration of the Rosh Hashanah or the Jewish New Year is not just all about in resolving or renewing your weight, size, and shape of your body. But rather, Rosh Hashanah or the Jewish New Year is the perfect time when our fortune stands in the balance as our Lord God evaluates our life in the past few years and will decide if we are going to renew our contract with our world created by Him. In regards to this, the different Jewish greetings in today’s time will reflect on our hopes and prayers to have a sweet and good entire year in the future.

Do you want to have some ideas about the different Shana Tovah that Jewish people use during the Rosh Hashanah? Keep on reading this article because it contains the different Shanah tovah or the greeting phrases of Jewish people during the New Year celebration.

Shanah tovah, or can be written as שנה טובה, is the Jewish greetings that you can execute for the whole year. Shanah tovah is a Hebrew term which means Good Year. The Hebrew word u’metuka or can be written as u’metuka, and the English word sweet is usually appended at the very end of the word.

Before the New Year of the Jewish people, Jews wish each other a good inscription and sealing [in the Book of Life] that can be written as כתיבה וחתימה טובה and read as Ketivah v’chatima tovah. During the nighttime of the Jewish New Year, as the Jewish people return their synagogue services, it is a custom for them to greet everyone with Leshana tova tikatev v’tichatem that can be written as לשנה טובה תכתב ותחתם. When you are greeting a female Jews, then it is a must for you to greet her as Leshana tova tikatevee v’tichatemee, which can be written in Hebrew as לשנה טובה תכתבי ותחתמי. This is translated in English as “May you be written and sealed for a good year.”

From the noontime of the Jewish New Year, when the fortune of the Jewish people is written, until the Yom Kippur celebration, when their fortunes are sealed for the entire year in the future, they are giving their wishes with each other, saying Gemar chatimah tovah, which can be written as גמר חתימה טובה, which means “A good final sealing.”

These Jewish greetings have its Jewish versions such as A gut geben tshtyohr, which is a standard wish for “a good and blessed year” that can be written as אגוטגעבענטשטיאהר. And because their cultures and traditions tell them that their fortune is not yet sealed until the coming of Hoshanah Rabba, A gutten kvittl is the customary salutation that can be written as אגוט’ן קוויטל, which means “a good inscription.”

No matter what type of greetings you use to wish everyone a sweet and good new year from the deepest of their heart, it will always be more important than anything else because that value is the Lord God taught them until the day they die.

Why is Rosh Hashanah Important?

It is important for the Jewish people to celebrate their New Year or Rosh Hashanah because they believe that Rosh Hashanah is the day when the Lord God creates our world. So, as the celebration for the world’s birthday, Jewish people tend to greet their fellows a happy new year as if they are greeting the world a Happy Birthday! According to the Bible, the Lord God created the world for seven days, and on the seventh day, God takes a rest and carefully seen His work of art. Because of this, the seventh day of the week is the rest day of the Jewish employees.


It is very important for the Jewish people to greet each other a good, happy and sweet entire year during the celebration of Rosh Hashanah. Rosh Hashanah is the Hebrew word for the New Year celebration of Jewish people. It is a custom for them to greet each other using the Shanah tovah greetings. These greetings have their counterparts in Yiddish languages. New Year is somehow the new start of another chapter of our life. So, it would be best if we will share our thoughts, wishes, and hopes with other people. Make your life worth living, because we don’t know if the next day of our life, we are still breathing.

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