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What is the correct response to someone saying, "tizku l'mitzvot" after you do a mitzvah, or something helpful? For example, after helping someone make an Eruv Chatzeirot they might say "tizku l'mitzvot" and I'm not sure what I should respond.

It seems a bit strange to say, "thank you," or, "you too".

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I wasn't really sure what to tag this as; I would appreciate some help. I don't think "Hebrew" is correct. –  andrewmh20 Mar 31 '13 at 18:01
    
I don't think I've ever heard somebody say that. Can you add something to the question about when this comes up (and what it means)? –  Monica Cellio Mar 31 '13 at 18:17
    
Oh, okay. I thought it was common. –  andrewmh20 Mar 31 '13 at 18:20
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That's as a response to "yashar koach," this is different... –  andrewmh20 Mar 31 '13 at 18:24
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Why not "Amen"? They are giving you a bracha! –  Yehoshua Apr 1 '13 at 22:19

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One answer I know of is:

Tizku la'asot!

which is blessing back the blesser on the spot, with nice rhyming for tizku l`mitzvot.

la'asot = to do. To do mitzvot, in this case.

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  1. Amen is a good answer.
  2. "Hamevarec Yevorac" is another good one (which means that the person who made a blessing (Hamevarech), should be blessed himself. For a male: Hamevarec Yevorac. For a female: Hamevarect Tevorac.
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Shouldn't it be Yevorac/Tevorac because Reish can't take a Dagesh? –  Double AA Jul 3 '13 at 13:40
    
Double AA, I think you are correct. I edited the answer. Good pickup. –  Guy Jul 3 '13 at 15:38

Well in my experience, and my only source for this is Rav Shalom Shmueli and Rav Eliyahu Hemed(hence it is Sephardi practice), Tizku L'Mitzvot is said in place of Todah Rabbah. As whenever, after completeing Ulpan, I would say Todah Rabbah within earshot of one of them they would say, "That isn't Jewish, Jews say Tizku L'mitzvot". So the answer(again staying within Hebrew) could be:

Ein Bayah(no problem)

Zeh Lo Davar(it's nothing)

Mah Pitom(what's the big deal)

or

B'vakasha(your welcome).

Depending on how proper you want to be. All of those have worked without getting me corrected for behavior unbecoming.

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Why not "Amen"? They are giving you a bracha! –  Yehoshua Apr 1 '13 at 22:19
    
Hmmm... You pass someone the salt. They say Tizku L'Mitzvot, you say Amen... seems kinda weird. –  Rabbi Michael Tzadok Apr 2 '13 at 0:07
    
Seems like it such a case one should say "Thank you" or "Shkoich"...But in any case Tizku L'Mitzvos is a bracha so "Amen" seems fitting.. –  Yehoshua Apr 2 '13 at 10:15
    
Like I said, at least in the Sephardi Yeshiva world, one does not say thank you, and "Shkoich" is definitely a Ashkenazi thing. We say Tizku L'Mitzvot. In the last 10yrs in Sephardi Yeshivot, I have never heard someone say "Amen". –  Rabbi Michael Tzadok Apr 2 '13 at 10:52
    
So I'm unfamiliar with these minhagim then. No concept of "Toda Rabba" (what so ever)? Where did you learn? –  Yehoshua Apr 2 '13 at 10:59

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