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What is the meaning of "Yasher Koach"?


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Rabbi Shlomo Chein: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind?

Adina: why do people say Shekoyach please? What does it mean please?

Rabbi Shlomo Chein : Shkoyach is an an expression that indicates a job well done

Adina: really? thanks so much - is that the real word please?

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: it actually comes from two words... Yasher Koach

Adina: Yasher - like Yashar - or something else please? and Koach like - strength?

Rabbi Shlomo Chein : The exact translations of each word is not really the same as the meaning of the two together.

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: seperately Yasher comes from the Hebrew word "ishur" which means to approve or sanction. koach means strength. together it means like, "more power to you" 

Adina: ok - thanks so much - how would I say it to a girl please?

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: the same way

Adina: thanks so much Rabbi Chein

Adina: Shekoyach :-)

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: :-)

Adina: Kol Tuv

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: bye

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