Whether you prefer a more Israeli-sounding ma-ZAL tov or a more Yiddishy MA-zel tov, these two congratulatory words are one of the most high-profile Hebrew phrases there is. Jews and non-Jews alike know this is the thing to say when people tell you their good news, or at a bar or bat mitzvah, or a wedding. And in Israel, it’s also what you say on someone’s birthday.