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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”?

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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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