Shalom Aleychem

Found In: Friday Evening

Tags: at the shabbat table, kabbalat shabbat

Song

Shalom aleychem malachey hasharet malachey elyon
mimeleh malehey hamelahim hakadosh baruh hu

Bo'achen leshalom malachot hashalom malachot elyon
mimalkat malechot hamelachot hakedoshah beruchah hi

Barechuni leshalom malachey hashalom malachey elyon
mimelech malechey hamelachim hakadosh baruh hu

Tzetchen leshalom malachot hashalom malachot elyon
mimalkat malechot hamelachot hakedoshah beruchah hi

One of the best-known examples of angelology in the Jewish tradition, Shalom Aleychem remains a popular Shabbat evening table song.

According to legend, an angel accompanies each Jew to and from the synagogue on Shabbat evening, for protection and companionship.

These English words can be sung to the traditional melody.

Welcome among us, messengers of shalom,
angels of the Highest One,
from deep within us, Majesty of Majesties,
the blessed Holy One.

Come, then, in shalom,
blessing us with shalom,
leaving us with holy shalom,
from deep within us, Majesty of Majesties,
the blessed Holy One.

(Translated by Burt Jacobson)