Notes by Autumn Light

On Hebrew, English, translation, editing, and more—by Jonathan Orr-Stav

Is it okay for a Chinese to greet a Jew shalom?

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The notion that all Jews should be greeted “Shalom!” is based on the premise that all Jews are Hebrew-speaking Israelis—which is not the case.

You might say “Shalom” to an Israeli, but since even Israelis rarely greet each other that way (except in an exaggerated or humourous, “Shaaa-LOM!”—rather like an English speaker might greet someone “Well, hel-LLOH there!”), it’s rather unnecessary.



Author: יונתן אור-סתיו | Jonathan Orr-Stav

Hebrew-English translator, editor, author. מתרגם עברית–אנגלית, עורך באנגלית, וסופר.

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