Mi Yodeya is a question and answer site for those who base their lives on Jewish law and tradition and anyone interested in learning more. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Hazak u'barukh is a phrase commonly said after one does something in the synagogue (e.g., after an aliyah). What is its origin?

share|improve this question
Do you mean these specific words, or the general practice of congratulatory remarks? – Double AA May 22 '12 at 0:04

The Rema 139:11 says To say Chazak from the passuk in Yehoshua that says Chazak vametz .The passuk before it says that Torah should not leave your mouth and it will be a blessing for you. So there are those who say Chazak u'baruch and others answer Chazak vametz.

The Kaf Hachaim 139:56 brings down the minhag to say Chazak U'baruch from this Rema.

share|improve this answer
Yehoshua 1:8 which is right before passuk 9 says if when Torah does not leave your mouth then you will be blessed ,hence the blessing Chazak u'baruch – sam May 22 '12 at 1:14
+1, sounds plausible, but do you have a source that indicates that that's the source, too, for the "uvaruch" part? – msh210 May 22 '12 at 4:52
Are you sure he's not taking about the 'Chazak Chazak Venitchazak' at the end of each sefer? – Double AA May 22 '12 at 17:58
@DoubleAA that is a Levush this Rema can be the source for it .I think the Rema is talking about finishing a Sefer but I am almost sure this is where the minhag saying after every Aliya came from. The Aruch Hashulchan 139:15 says to say Chazak Chazak chazak = Moshe. – sam May 22 '12 at 18:24
sam, re Kaf Hachayim, nice find, but I don't see that he bases "uvaruch" on the pasuk. – msh210 May 22 '12 at 19:00

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.