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b'shalom

Definitions

  • "in peace" (used to sign off in written correspondence)

Example Sentences

  • (end of an email) "B'shalom, Rebecca"

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew, English

Etymology

בשלום Heb. lit. 'in peace,' calque of English phrase

Who Uses This

Organizations: People involved in a professional or volunteer capacity with Jewish nonprofit organizations

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

None

Notes

More common among non-Orthodox religious Jews. Some people criticize this form for being incorrect Hebrew or referring to death and prefer "L'shalom." The Talmud (Brakhot 64a) notes that one should say "l'shalom" (to peace) and not "b'shalom" (in peace) based on Scriptual inferences from David and Jethro. At a funeral service, the phrase lekh b'shalom (go in peace) is used. As one reader wrote in, "B'shalom is expressed only to someone who has died or whom you don't want to see again. The proper term for good wishes to a person who is alive is L'shalom."

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