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When returning from an Aliyah la'Torah, I am commonly met with "Hazak u'Baruch". I have encountered this saying in other situations when someone does something praiseworthy.

Can one say "Hazak u'Baruch" to both men and women? If not, is there a female equivalent?

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Perhaps Hazaka u'vrucha? Haven't heard it said before though, and i'm not even sure if thats grammatically correct

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It's grammatically correct if chazak is the adjective (which seems more likely than the imperative, as it pairs with baruch). –  msh210 Apr 10 '13 at 5:01
@msh210, I think the imperative should be "chazeik", no? I've always been kind of confused by that greeting since both chazak and baruch are adjectives. It's not really a sentence. –  Daniel Apr 10 '13 at 5:05
@Daniel: Re the imperative: See Is. 41:6. Re a 'sentence' that's just an adjective phrase: Fair enough. –  msh210 Apr 10 '13 at 14:47

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