Saturday, January 11, 2014

"Shalom aleichem" without a yarmulka


One is not supposed to say "Shalom aleichem" without a yarmulka, because the word "Shalom" in the greeting is a reference to Gd ("Gd be with you").

However, many authorities permit a person to greet someone who lacks a yarmulka with "Shalom aleichem", despite the concern that this person will then respond in kind. One reason to permit it is to prevent strife when he fails to offer a greeting; another is because people who say "Shalom aleichem" tend not to think of "Shalom" as a Name of Gd in that context.

(Rabbi Ephraim Greenblatt, Rivivot Ephraim 1:7:1)

Have a great day,

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