The word Mazal does not literally mean
"luck." "Mazal" is literally associated with the 12
signs of the Zodiac, which are called the "Mazalot," but we use
the word in a way, which means more than just the Zodiac.
Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzatto
explains that there is a multi-leveled conceptual system through which G-d
interacts with the physical Creation. In other words, "energy"
which originates with Hashem travels through this system and eventually
reaches us. At some point along the way, this energy is said to pass
through the Mazalot, the stars and the planets, which then transfer it to
the rest of Creation. This explains how people trained in astrology may
know what will happen to an individual in the future. They are
"reading," through the configuration of the Mazalot, the energy
that is yet to be delivered.
However, we are actually
forbidden to engage in the prediction of
the future via astrology even though it may work. The source of this prohibition is,
"You shall be tamim (pure, perfect, simple) with the L-rd your
The Talmud cites three life-issues,
which are directly affected by the Mazalot: life, children and livelihood.
Elsewhere the Talmud seems to contradict this and states that "There
is no Mazal regarding the Jewish People." The classical sources
explain this to mean that the Jewish People through prayer and other great
merits can overcome the influence of Mazalot.
Regarding prayer, the Shulchan Aruch states, "A person must
pray with sincere supplication like a poor person begging at the
door..." The Chafetz Chaim explains this to mean "that he must
pray with supplication like one who is asking for mercy and remember that
the fulfillment of his request is not in the hands of anything created, not
an angel, nor a Mazal, nor a Star, etc., it is all up to the will of
Hashem, may His Name be Blessed."
A Halachic application of Mazal is the
custom of a mourner to say Kaddish on the Yahrzeit of a parent, because
that day is one of "harmful Mazal" for the mourner, and the
reciting of Kaddish affords him protection.
So, what do we mean when we say
"Mazal Tov"? (mazal from the root lezool, to poor forth) We
are saying a brief prayer at this time which is strongly influenced by the
Mazalot, that Hashem will ensure that the "energy" that is sent will be only for good.
Chaim Luzatto - The Way of G-d, 3:7:3.
Devarim (Numbers) ch 18: vs 13.
Talmud (Oral Law) - Tractate Mo'ed Katan, 28a, Shabbat, 156a.
Rabbi Yisroel Meir Kagen - Bi'ur Halacha, 132:1.
Rav Yisroel Meir Kagen - Mishna Brura, 98:3
Hashem - literally
'the Name'; G-d
Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzatto - 18th century Talmud scholar
and mystic, Amsterdam, author of classic work on character-building Path of
Shulchan Aruch - Code of Jewish Law
Chofetz Chaim - Rabbi Yisroel Meir Kagen, Radin,
(1838-1933), acknowledged as a foremost leader of Jewry, author of basic
works in Torah law and character-building
Halacha - Torah law
Written by Rabbi
Yehoshua Karsh, during his tenure at Ohr Somayach Institutions /
General Editor: Rabbi Zev Kahn
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