aleichem sholom

Pronunciations

aleichem shalom (ah-LAY-chem SHAH-lom) listen

Definitions

  • interj. Peace be upon you (response to "sholom aleichem").

Example Sentences

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

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • Heb. עליכם שלום aléikhém shalóm, through Yid. עליכם־שלום aléykhem-shólem

    • 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
      • Yiddishists

      Regions

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

      Dictionaries

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

      Alternative Spellings

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

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