b'shalom

Definitions

  • adv. "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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