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Old 10-26-2000, 10:39 AM
Join Date: May 1999
Posts: 5,768
How would one say "Happy Birthday" in Hebrew (or, i suppose, Yiddish)?

A Jewish co-worker told me, after saying a few phrases to himself looking for the right one, that "Mazel Tov" would be sufficient. Drain Bead openly mocked this in conversation.

What's the scoop, my Jewish friends?
Yer pal,

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Old 10-26-2000, 10:48 AM
Join Date: Mar 1999
Location: New York, NY, USA
Posts: 12,670
Yom Huledet Sameach! (Yom = day, Huledet = "birth", Sameach = "Happy") (Yom - long "O" as in "boat". Huledet - long "U" like "oo", both "E"s are short as in "egg". Sameach - the A's are "ah", like in "father" (if pronounced by a Kennedy). That "E" should really be pronounced like "ay", but it looks ugly to write it. The "ch" at the end is that gutteral sound that doesn't exist in English. Like "Chutzpah." If you can't pronounce it, just use a "k" sound.)

And wish him also a Happy birthday from myself, CKDextHavn, IzzyR, sdimbert, and the whole SDMB Jew crew...
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Old 10-26-2000, 10:54 AM
Join Date: Sep 2000
Posts: 551
Here's a little help with the pronunciation:

And another Happy Birthday wish from this Goy-Boy.
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