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According to Wikipedia "Baruch Tehiye" is an acceptable response, but "Chazak Ve'Ematz" is the common one. Among Morrocans it would be "Kulchem Beruchim".
This expression is found in Midrash Lekach Tov1 (Esther 4:17): מה שאלתך מלמד שלא היתה אוכלת עד שאמר לה מה שאלתך והוא אמר מהרו את המן וביום י"ו בניסן נתלה המן לא עמד גזירתו אלא ב' ימים וביום ג' נצלב כי נדדה שנת המלך בליל שמורים. ישועת ה' כהרף עין יחיינו מיומים וביום השלישי יקימנו ונחיה לפניו Translation: "What is your request" (Esther 5:6): This ...
In this sort of context, it is a title roughly analogous to the term "Rabbi." Here is how Wiktionary defines "Rabbi": rabbi (plural rabbis) A Jewish scholar or teacher of halacha (Jewish law), capable of making halachic decisions. A Jew who is or is qualified to be the leader of a Jewish congregation. You can find this word in many other ...
As mentioned in yydl's answer, the Hebrew noun "מחזור" ("machzor") means "cycle" in English. This is the usage found in Pirkei d'Rabbi Eliezer (ch. 6-8) and other midrashic literature. According to the Hebrew Wikipedia article "מחזור תפילה", citing Daniel Goldschmidt's preface to Shadal's Introduction to the Machzor of the Community of Rome, this term was ...
Likely, the reference is to the story in I Samuel 5-6 where the Philistines captured the Ark of the Covenant in battle, and were stricken with hemorrhoids and rats whilst they held on to it. After 7 months, they returned the Ark to the Jews along with an offering of 5 Golden Hemorrhoids and 5 Golden Rats from the 5 Philistine cities. It's not unusual for ...
In my Sefardic Kehilla the common responses are "ברוך תיהיה" and "ברוכים תהיה"
Rav Eliyahu Dessler (Michtav Me’Eliyahu Volume 1, Kuntres HaChesed, pages 35-38) says, “Every positive emotion stems from giving and flows outward from us to others, whereas every negative emotion revolves around taking for selfish motives.” Indeed, the root of the Hebrew word for אהבה, love, is הב, to give. In other words, “Giving leads to Love."
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