shalom zachar

Alternative Spellings

sholom zochar, sholem zocher, sholem zokher

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

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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