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Shalom!

 
 
littlek
 
Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 11:13 am
Um.... Thank you? Someone said shalom to me when I did something nice - I took it as a thank you. Is it? And if so, how should I have responded? I smiled, which suffices. I stopped short of saying you're welcome.

What does shalom mean (I suspect more than one meaning)?
How should one respond to shalom?
 
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 11:18 am
@littlek,
It's a greeting in hebrew wishing "peace". In the 60s, people would say
peace as greeting, and shalom is used in that way. "Ose shalom" (the one who
makes peace).

But jespah is probably more conversed in hebrew.
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MontereyJack
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 11:19 am
I believe it means "peace" in Hebrew, but it's also used by non-Jews. It also functions as a greeting. A smile and "thanks" is probably good, in your situation. A smile should also work. Or a commensurate greeting or "you too", if someone uses it like "hello" or ""ciao".
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 11:25 am
When someone says something to me
that I don 't understand, I usually probe to find out.

Its not hard; I ofen say: " What ? "
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MontereyJack
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 11:31 am
betcha you're just a ton of fun in social contexts, David.
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dagmaraka
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 11:32 am
@littlek,
...or you can ask here... shalom, like fuhgeddaboudit, can be used in many contexts, depending on situation.
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 11:52 am
@littlek,
Shalom means peace in Hebrew. It can be used as a greeting, like "hello", or a leave taking, like "goodbye".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shalom
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 12:39 pm
@littlek,
I always thought it meant something like "ciao" with a sprinkling of "have a good life."
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littlek
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 12:56 pm
Thanks all!

David, it wouldn't have been convenient to stop and ask. We were passing in a dark tower on a spiral, stone staircase (look-out tower). She had a baby in a sling/bjorn and was concentrating on not falling down the stairs.
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roger
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 01:17 pm
@littlek,
I don't recall the word in Arabic, but it is quite similar.
dyslexia
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 01:23 pm
@roger,
roger wrote:

I don't recall the word in Arabic, but it is quite similar.
salaam
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Ragman
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 01:31 pm
@littlek,
no, In hebrew Todah is thank you.

Shalom does translate to hello, goodbye and peace.

Yes, correct, sa'laam is Arabic parallel for Shalom.

However, ciao has many more transaltions than does shalom.
farmerman
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 01:42 pm
@littlek,
DOAN BE SILLY

Shalom means "GO PHILLIES< KICK THE **** OUT OF THE SOX"(if the sox even make it)
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jespah
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 04:48 pm
@Ragman,
Ragman wrote:
no, In hebrew Todah is thank you.

Shalom does translate to hello, goodbye and peace.

Yes, correct, sa'laam is Arabic parallel for Shalom.

However, ciao has many more transaltions than does shalom.


Bingo. I've also heard Todah Rabah for thank you.
Ragman
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 04:52 pm
@jespah,
Yes. Todah rabah = thank you very much..(or plainly... many thanks)
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 05:47 pm
@Ragman,
I shulda remembered "todah" from my visit to Israel a couple of years ago.
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talk72000
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 07:03 pm
@Ragman,
I have seen and heard 'salaam malaikum' in Hollywood movies and other ethnic movies. Also 'khuda afis'. For sure khuda means God. Maybe it means 'May God be with you'.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 07:22 pm
@Ragman,
Ragman wrote:
However, ciao has many more transaltions than does shalom.


I'm curious about all these translations of 'ciao'.
MontereyJack
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 08:15 pm
In arabic-speaking countries, and in a lot of othger countries where Moslems borrow it from the Arabic, a standard greeting is "as salaam aleikum" or "was salaam aleikum" or "salaam aleikum" (there are a lot of ways it's transliterated into the Roman alphabet, so there are other versions similar) which means something like "peace be unto you"
hamburger
 
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Reply Sun 12 Oct, 2008 08:27 pm
@ossobuco,
when i spent a year in vienna many(!!!!!!) moons ago , the traditional greeting was SERVUS (from the latin "servus" = servant , slave) , meaning "at your service , ready to help nice to see you and good bye ".
when we visited vienna for three weeks in 2001 the younger people were using "chiao" all the time , but we were still greeting people with "servus" - the older ones still understood ! <GRIN>
hbg

that's the vienna i remembered - it no longer exists !

http://www.lpcd.de/7/F4907_01.jpg
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