The Ashkenazi custom is to sing “Sholom Aleichem” when returning home on Friday night from the synagogue. The reason is related to the ministering angels who accompany a person home on Friday night from the synagogue.

If for some reason (say illness) no-one went to synagogue on Friday night, do the people at home sing “Sholom Aleichem”?


Perhaps in that case your house (where you prayed that night) would be considered "the synagogue" for that purpose, and the angels remain there from the outset.

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    Do you have a source for that please? – Avrohom Yitzchok Jan 14 '13 at 14:15
  • Just made a logical assumption, you can disagree with it. – AEML Jan 23 '13 at 15:49

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