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Why Oseh Hashalom?

Why Oseh Hashalom?

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Question:

Why is it that during the Ten Days of Repentance from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur the text at the end of the Amidah and Kaddish is changed from "Oseh shalom" to "Oseh hashalom"?

Response:

According to the Rabbi Yitzchak Luria (the Ari Zal),1 this is because the words "oseh" and "hashalom" each have the numerical value of 381—the same as the name Safriel (when pronouncing, say "Safrikel").

Safriel is the angel whose responsibility it is to record those deserving in the Book of Life. By invoking this angel's name, we express our hope during this time to be included in the Book of Life for the coming year.

Wishing you a good, sweet new year,

Rabbi Eliezer Zalmanov

Footnotes
1.

Pri Etz Chaim, Shaar Tefilot Rosh Hashanah, chapter 7.

Rabbi Eliezer Zalmanov is co-director, along with his wife Chanie, of Chabad of Northwest Indiana, and a member of Chabad.org's Ask the Rabbi team.
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Avrum Kaufmann Minneapolis, MN September 20, 2010

What about birkas hamazon? So why do we not say "oseh hashalom" in birkas hamazon (grace after meals)? Reply

Ronnen thornhill, canada September 17, 2010

hashalom Thanks. I have been waiting years for this answer.

Is Chabad the only ones adding this or is it accepted by all?

If possible please add to this.

Thanks Rabbi Reply

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