Shalom or Salam

Hebrew "Shalom" in blue, Salam in green

Do you know that Arabs and Jews speak the languages ​​of the same group - the Semitic, therefore, many words have a similar sound with the same meaning. For example, such as the Hebrew "Shalom" and the Arabic "Salam", which mean "peace to you" or "hello".

Both of these words have a similar sound in common and are based on the three-letter root C-L-M, which means "whole", "safe", "intact". Al-Salam is one of the 99 names of Allah in Kur'an. It is noteworthy that the words “Muslim”, “Muslim” come from the root of the word “salam”.

On the basis of S-L-M in both languages, there are many words, for example, the word "Islam", which is a verbal noun and means "surrender to Allah."

And the Hebrew name SoloMon is also formed from this root and means "living in the world" and "perfect"

The full forms of the greeting "Assalam Alaykum" and "Shalom Aleichem" also coincide, but there is also a difference. For Muslims, greetings are usually answered in the reverse order, "aleikum assalam", in addition, according to the Koran, Muslims are required to answer the greeting using no fewer words than the one who greeted first.

It is interesting that once the Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg (a Jew by nationality), congratulating the leaders of the Muslim community on the beginning of the holiday of Ramadan, mixed up two similar phrases in Hebrew and Arabic, and instead of "Salam Aleikum" greeted the audience: "Shalom Aleichem." Politically correct American Muslims were not even offended, saying that the greeting has common roots and the same idea is embedded in them: the wish of peace to the audience.