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I always use the phrase "crossing my fingers for good luck", but it's really annoying; is there a Jewish equivalent of that phrase? This is a superstition from another religion, making the symbol of that religion 'for luck'. What would a Jew use to say "I am hoping for a good result'

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Thanks for the edit, chana, and note your question's been reopened. Welcome to Mi Yodeya, where I hope that you get good, sourced answers to this and your future questions, and that you also post some sourced answers of your own. –  msh210 Mar 17 '14 at 3:55

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There are a few different phrases, depending on context:

If discussing something that you hope won't happen - בלי עין הרע, bli ayin hara - without the evil eye.

If discussing something, usually an event, that you are planning on having happen and hope it will happen as planned - בשעה טובה ומוצלחת, b'sha'ah tovah umutzlachas - in a good and successful time (in the right time).

If discussing something you hope to succeed in - 'בעזרת ה, b'ezras Hashem - with Hashem's help.

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I typically use "Bli 'Ayin HaRa'ah" to indicate that I am not jealous of what someone else has (i.e. that I'm not looking upon them negatively or viewing what they have with an "evil eye"). –  Lee Mar 17 '14 at 20:15
@Lee I suppose that is one valid use. But "Bli Ayin HaRa'ah" just means "there should not be an evil eye," which means there should be no bad results. It is often used to mean there should be no bad results of my comments. –  YeZ Mar 17 '14 at 20:18
I suppose my usage is just one specific example of your, more general, message. –  Lee Mar 17 '14 at 20:21

there isn't any because every result is the best possible result. see the shaar bitachon of Chovot Halevavot. it only seems bad, because we look at the present perspective while God looks from our final end perspective.

you can use "im yirtze H-shem" (God willing) or "bezrat H-shem" (with God's help). but these are just to remind you that the results are in God's hands.

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Yet we pray for things. –  msh210 Mar 17 '14 at 19:44
Agreed. I would just say "B'ezrat Hashem" as @ray wrote above. –  Lee Mar 17 '14 at 19:47
@msh210 pray yes. "hope" to God yes. but "hope" to "luck" no. –  ray Mar 17 '14 at 21:24

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