Is it assur to wish “Good Luck”?

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    Joseph
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    In Hashem’s world nothing is based on “luck”.

    #1656201

    Avram in MD
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    What’s the difference between luck and mazel?

    #1656214

    yitzchokm
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    Luck refers to Mazel. ( although, I agree it’s a bad translation. But that’s what it’s referring to)

    Mazel is real.

    Luck is real.

    #1656224

    anonymous Jew
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    Joseph has too much time on his hands

    #1656227

    iacisrmma
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    Rav of my shul wishes me Hatzlachah every day when I wish him a good day as I leave shul.

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    Avi K
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    Iacisrmma, in my experience “hatzlacha” means “don’t expect any help from me”.

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    casper
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    I don’t see a problem with it, but I guess there are different phrases you can use if you want.

    #1656338

    iacisrmma
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    Sorry Avi K. but that is not the way my Rav works.

    #1656334

    Joseph
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    “Mazal Tov” is used very differently than the common expression of “Good Luck”.

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    yitzchokm
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    I think we can all agree that it’s a bad translation. But unless you can come up with a easier way of saying Mazel Tov in English, I’ll stick with good luck

    #1656377

    TryingToStayCalm
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    Don’t say good luck. Why miss out on a chance to refer to Hashem and give a real bracha. Say, May Hashem make you successful.

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    laskern
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    אין מזל לישראל but tefila and maasim tovim help, so good luck means we should be worthy that Hashem override the mazel.

    #1656414

    laskern
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    I was unclear above. The reason that there is no mazel because we can ask Hashem to override the mazel through tefIla and because of maasim tovim. See the end of Maseches Shabbos.

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    DaasYochid ☕
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    Iacisrmma, in my experience “hatzlacha” means “don’t expect any help from me”.

    You’re hanging out with the wrong people.

    #1657095

    Milhouse
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    Yitzchokm, “mazeltov” in English is not “good luck”, it’s “congratulations”, or just “mazeltov”.

    But the OP is wrong. It is normal Jewish practice to wish people “mazel in brocho”, or “es zol zayn mit mazel”, etc., and nobody of any significance has ever had a problem with it.

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