Shalom means peace and is used as a traditional Jewish greeting or farewell‚ hello‚ or goodbye. But Shalom means much more‚ especially in a war ridden country like Israel. Shalom which has the same origin as the word Shalem‚ whole‚ perfect‚ means also security‚ contentment‚ sound health‚ prosperity‚ friendship‚ peace of mind and heart.
In the first book of Samuel 25:6 we learn; and thus shall ye say: Long life to thee! Peace be to thee‚ and peace be to thy house‚ and peace be to all that thou hast.
We can also learn of the importance of peace when reading Psalms 34:14 Depart from evil‚ and do good; seek peace‚ and pursue it.
The phrase Shalom Lachem‚ peace be with you is found in Genesis 43:23 and was abbreviated in today's use to SHALOM. In Arabic we find almost the same greeting; SALAM ALEIKUM.
Every day when we pray we say: He Who makes peace in His heights‚ may He make peace upon us‚ and upon all Israel
We also say Shabbat Shalom as a wish for Shabbat to be a peaceful Sabbath.
It always a nice custom to have a beautiful Shalom art work with the illustrated word Shalom displayed in ones home‚ be it embroidered Shalom‚ or painted shalom‚ sometimes shalom integrated into an appropriate text. An Inspirational Shalom art for homes like Shalom art print or Shalom wall hanging‚ often integrated into a home blessing‚ is a perfect gift idea for a new home that everybody would like to receive.
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