Alternative Spellings



  • hello, goodbye, peace

Example Sentences

  • "Shalom, you've reached Temple Beth Shalom."

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, Modern Hebrew


Heb שלום shalóm (Yiddish shólem, not used as a greeting in Yiddish or Jewish-English)

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)


North America


The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

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