Hebrew Shalom - Peace Art
Shalom: The Hebrew word shalom has a wider meaning than the English equivalent "peace", for it signifies welfare of every kind - security, contentment, sound health, prosperity, friendship, peace of mind and heart, as opposed to the dissatisfaction and unrest caused by evil (Yeshayahu [Isa.] 32:17; 48:22).
Hillel said, "Love peace and strive for peace" (Avot 1:12).
Among Talmudic statements about peace the following may be quoted: "The whole Torah exists on for the sake of peace. For the sake of peace, truth may be sacrificed" (Gittin 59b; Yevanot 65b)
The phrase shalom lachem (peace be with you) occurs in Bereishit (Gen.) 43:23 in the sense of the usual Hebrew greeting shalom aleichem, now generally abbreviated to shalom. The inverted order aleichem shalom in response to the greeting shalom aleichem is a form of emphasis.
According to a Talmudic statement, he who does not return a greeting is called a robber (Berachot 6b). We are told to meet every person with a friendly greeting (Avot 4:20).
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