aleichem shalom


aleichem shalom (ah-LAY-khem SHAH-lohm) listen
aleichem sholem (ah-LEY-khm SHAW-lm) listen


  • interj. A greeting meaning 'peace be upon you', said in response to 'sholom aleichem' upon parting as well as meeting.

Example Sentences

  • "[W]hile doing Kiddush Levanah, we say 'Shalom Aleichem' to 3 other people, and they respond back with 'Aleichem Shalom'." (source)

  • "Rabbi Lefkowitz, sholem aleychem!" "Aleychem sholem, Rachel!" (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Y עליכם־שלום aléykhem-shólem from TH עליכם שלום aléikhém shalóm

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
      • Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      aleykhem sholom, aleichem sholom, alechem shalom, aleichem sholem, aleykhem sholem


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