shalom zachar

Definitions

  • welcoming party to celebrate the birth of a son, usually held at the house of the child's parents on the first Friday night after his birth

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew

Etymology

  • שלום זכר 'peace of the male'
    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education

      Dictionaries

      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • 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

      sholom zochar, sholem zocher, sholem zokher

Notes

  • Sefardim may celebrate the occasion the night before the circumcision ceremony. Peas and beans (e.g., chickpeas) are often served to ward off evil spirits. A reception to honor the birth of a female is called a shalom bat (sholem bas), and is a more contemporary innovation.

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