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Shalom Aleichem: (lit. “Peace upon you”); (a) a common greeting; (b) hymn of welcome to the ministering angels who visit every Jewish home on Friday eve
Why We Usher the Shabbat Angels Out
A person invites guests for dinner. He introduces the guests to his family, sits down at the table—and then not three minutes later, before the first morsel of food is served, the guests are shown the door...
The Talmud relates, “Two angels accompany a person on the eve of the Shabbat from the synagogue to his home.” The Sholom Aleichem song greets these Shabbat angels, requests their blessing, and bid them farewell.
On Friday night prior to reciting Kiddush, we sing Shalom Aleichem greeting the accompanying angels. What is the origin and meaning of this popular custom?
A Friday Night Song
Two versions of the traditional Friday night Shabbat table song.
Question: In the first stanza of the Shalom Aleichem hymn that we sing on Friday night before the Shabbat meal, we wish peace upon the malachei hasharet, "ministering angels." In the following three stanzas we address malachei hashalom "angels of peace." ...
Transliteration: Sha-lom a-lei-chem, mal-a-chei ha-sha-reit, mal-a-chei el-yon, mi-me-lech ma-l'chei ha-m'la-chim, ha-ka-dosh ba-ruch hu. Repeat three times Bo-a-chem l'sha-lom, mal-a-chei ha-sha-lom, mal-a-chei el-yon, mi-me-lech ma-l'chei ha-m'la-chim, ...
After the evening service, we gather round the Shabbat table and sing Sholom Aleichem. The Talmud relates, “Two angels accompany a person on the eve of the Shabbat from the synagogue to his home.” The Sholom Aleichem song greets these Shabbat angels, requ...
The commencement of the Shabbat meal--the kiddush (sanctification)--sets the tone for the meal and day and defines what makes it special
Songs for the Friday Night Meal
Simche Friedman sings traditional Shabbos songs for the Friday night meal: Shalom Aleichem, Eishes Chayil & Azamer Bi’Shvachin.
“Shalom Aleichem” on the Violin
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