Hebrew words go beyond the primary dictionary translation. Each Hebrew word conveys feeling, intent and emotion. Shalom is more then just simply peace; it is a complete peace. It is a feeling of contentment, completeness, wholeness, well being and harmony.
According to Strong's Concordance 7965 Shalom means completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.
In my Langenscheidt Pocket Hebrew Dictionary, which I LOVE, Shalom is "to be whole, uninjured, safe and sound, peaceful, friendly," and as a verb: "to complete, to restore, to give back, repay, requite, reward, perform, finish, to make or have peace, to submit, to be a friend."
In modern Hebrew the obviously related word Shelem means to pay for, and Shulam means to be fully paid.
In conclusion, when you impart the blessing: שלום on others when meeting, greeting, or in parting, you do much more than say "have a good day". May the shalom of G-d fill you, your household and your intent for the day. May you be free from conflict and stress, and may you be filled with contentment and gratitude for your place today.
Keren, Morah Ivrit
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