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What is the traditional Jewish get-well wish?

by Rabbi Shlomo Chein


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The customary Hebrew wish is “refuah sh’lemah” – [may you have] a complete recovery.

In English you can say: May the A-mighty grant you a complete and speedy recovery.

So if and when the occasion arises, go ahead and buy a card or small gift of Kosher chocolates, and write the above message together with your own expression of good wishes.

May G-d grant us all good health!


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