The Meaning of Shalom

Image of mosaic dove artwork
Image of mosaic dove artwork

In Judaism, shalom, the familiar Hebrew word for “peace,” has a variety of meanings and usages. Shalom can mean hello — and goodbye. Essentially, we are wishing one another peace. This word figures prominently in greetings, prayers, and synagogue services.

Shalom, in fact, is a word so interconnected with the Jewish faith that it has become almost a symbol of Judaism. But what is the true meaning of shalom? And how can we as people of faith incorporate this quality into our own lives? That’s what we’ll look at in this month’s Limmud study.

Explore the blessing of peace in our lives and in our world, and what it means to have peace within our home and in our relationships with others.

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