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What is saying חַס וְשָׁלוֹם (chas v'shalom) supposed to accomplish? Does it do so, or is it just a wastewaste of breath?

Based on the answers given to my previous question about this phrasemy previous question about this phrase, it seems likely to me that it serves as a prayer that bad things not occur. But I'm here seeking any source that indicates as much or that indicates any other reason to say it or what it accomplishes.

Relatedly — and this may be wholly answered by the answers to the first part — what is חַס וְשָׁלוֹם to be said regarding? I've seen or heard it said about

  • things that one hopes will not happen ("if his cancer is to come back, chas v'shalom"),
  • things that would have been bad had they happened (but they didn't: "if I had been sleeping, I would never have smelled the gas, chas v'shalom"), and
  • things that can't possibly happen ("if God didn't exist, chas v'shalom").

What is saying חַס וְשָׁלוֹם (chas v'shalom) supposed to accomplish? Does it do so, or is it just a waste of breath?

Based on the answers given to my previous question about this phrase, it seems likely to me that it serves as a prayer that bad things not occur. But I'm here seeking any source that indicates as much or that indicates any other reason to say it or what it accomplishes.

Relatedly — and this may be wholly answered by the answers to the first part — what is חַס וְשָׁלוֹם to be said regarding? I've seen or heard it said about

  • things that one hopes will not happen ("if his cancer is to come back, chas v'shalom"),
  • things that would have been bad had they happened (but they didn't: "if I had been sleeping, I would never have smelled the gas, chas v'shalom"), and
  • things that can't possibly happen ("if God didn't exist, chas v'shalom").

What is saying חַס וְשָׁלוֹם (chas v'shalom) supposed to accomplish? Does it do so, or is it just a waste of breath?

Based on the answers given to my previous question about this phrase, it seems likely to me that it serves as a prayer that bad things not occur. But I'm here seeking any source that indicates as much or that indicates any other reason to say it or what it accomplishes.

Relatedly — and this may be wholly answered by the answers to the first part — what is חַס וְשָׁלוֹם to be said regarding? I've seen or heard it said about

  • things that one hopes will not happen ("if his cancer is to come back, chas v'shalom"),
  • things that would have been bad had they happened (but they didn't: "if I had been sleeping, I would never have smelled the gas, chas v'shalom"), and
  • things that can't possibly happen ("if God didn't exist, chas v'shalom").
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What is saying חַס וְשָׁלוֹם חַס וְשָׁלוֹם (chas v'shalom)(chas v'shalom) supposed to accomplish? Does it do so, or is it just a waste of breath?

Based on the answers given to my previous question about this phrase, it seems likely to me that it serves as a prayer that bad things not occur. But I'm here seeking any source that indicates as much or that indicates any other reason to say it or what it accomplishes.

Relatedly — and this may be wholly answered by the answers to the first part — what is חַס וְשָׁלוֹם to be said regarding? I've seen or heard it said about

  • things that one hopes will not happen ("if his cancer is to come back, chas v'shalom"),
  • things that would have been bad had they happened (but they didn't: "if I had been sleeping, I would never have smelled the gas, chas v'shalom"), and
  • things that can't possibly happen ("if God didn't exist, chas v'shalom").

What is saying חַס וְשָׁלוֹם (chas v'shalom) supposed to accomplish? Does it do so, or is it just a waste of breath?

Relatedly — and this may be wholly answered by the answers to the first part — what is חַס וְשָׁלוֹם to be said regarding? I've seen or heard it said about

  • things that one hopes will not happen ("if his cancer is to come back, chas v'shalom"),
  • things that would have been bad had they happened (but they didn't: "if I had been sleeping, I would never have smelled the gas, chas v'shalom"), and
  • things that can't possibly happen ("if God didn't exist, chas v'shalom").

What is saying חַס וְשָׁלוֹם (chas v'shalom) supposed to accomplish? Does it do so, or is it just a waste of breath?

Based on the answers given to my previous question about this phrase, it seems likely to me that it serves as a prayer that bad things not occur. But I'm here seeking any source that indicates as much or that indicates any other reason to say it or what it accomplishes.

Relatedly — and this may be wholly answered by the answers to the first part — what is חַס וְשָׁלוֹם to be said regarding? I've seen or heard it said about

  • things that one hopes will not happen ("if his cancer is to come back, chas v'shalom"),
  • things that would have been bad had they happened (but they didn't: "if I had been sleeping, I would never have smelled the gas, chas v'shalom"), and
  • things that can't possibly happen ("if God didn't exist, chas v'shalom").
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What is saying חַס וְשָׁלוֹם (chas v'shalom) supposed to accomplish? Does it do so, or is it just a waste of breath?

Relatedly — and this may be wholly answered by the answers to the first part — what is itחַס וְשָׁלוֹם to be said regarding? I've seen or heard it said about

  • things that one hopes will not happen ("if his cancer is to come back, chas v'shalom"),
  • things that would have been bad had they happened (but they didn't: "if I had been sleeping, I would never have smelled the carbon monoxidegas, chas v'shalom"), and
  • things that can't possibly happen ("if God didn't exist, chas v'shalom").

What is saying חַס וְשָׁלוֹם (chas v'shalom) supposed to accomplish? Does it do so, or is it just a waste of breath?

Relatedly — and this may be wholly answered by the answers to the first part — what is it to be said regarding? I've seen or heard said about

  • things that one hopes will not happen ("if his cancer is to come back, chas v'shalom"),
  • things that would have been bad had they happened (but they didn't: "if I had been sleeping, I would never have smelled the carbon monoxide, chas v'shalom"), and
  • things that can't possibly happen ("if God didn't exist, chas v'shalom").

What is saying חַס וְשָׁלוֹם (chas v'shalom) supposed to accomplish? Does it do so, or is it just a waste of breath?

Relatedly — and this may be wholly answered by the answers to the first part — what is חַס וְשָׁלוֹם to be said regarding? I've seen or heard it said about

  • things that one hopes will not happen ("if his cancer is to come back, chas v'shalom"),
  • things that would have been bad had they happened (but they didn't: "if I had been sleeping, I would never have smelled the gas, chas v'shalom"), and
  • things that can't possibly happen ("if God didn't exist, chas v'shalom").
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