What does the Hebrew word Laila Tov mean?
Some say “Happy New Year!” or “a happy and healthy New Year.” You might also hear people greet one another during Rosh Hashanah in Yiddish, “Gut Yom Tov,” meaning, happy holiday. Gamar hatimah tova (gmar tov) [Pronounced ga-mar ha-ti-mah toh-vah]
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.
For more on holidays, see our Jewish Holidays Cheat Sheet. (Happy holiday) with a heavy guttural 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.”
Nice replies are “boker tov” right back, or “boker or,” meaning “morning light.” Literally, “good evening.” You can reply “erev tov” right back. Literally, “good night.” An appropriate response is to say “lilah tov” back. For more on holidays, see our Jewish Holidays Cheat Sheet.
At the same time, the divine name was increasingly regarded as too sacred to be uttered; it was thus replaced vocally in the synagogue ritual by the Hebrew word Adonai (“My Lord”), which was translated as Kyrios (“Lord”) in the Septuagint, the Greek version of the Hebrew Scriptures.
Now you can say laila tov when you are going to sleep and boker tov in the morning. When someone says “How are you?” you can respond: Toda (thank you), I’m feeling tov (good) and everything is beseder (OK).
Shema, (Hebrew: “Hear”), the Jewish confession of faith made up of three scriptural texts (Deuteronomy 6:4–9, 11:13–21; Numbers 15:37–41), which, together with appropriate prayers, forms an integral part of the evening and morning services.
Good morning / night
Boker tov / layla tov (Good morning / night)