What is the source for the greeting "שבת שלום"?

Where is it earliest attested in print?

What does it mean?


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It's at least as old as the Sh'la (around 1600), according to Taame Haminhagim, kuntres acharon 94 to paragraph 396, which says in the Sh'la's name, via the Baer Hetev OC 307:2: "Someone visiting his friend on Shabas should not say, e.g., 'good morning' as on a weekday, but rather 'shabas shalom' or 'shabas tov', to fulfill 'zachor es yom hashabas'."

It may, of course, be older; perhaps someone else has more info.


It is prescribed in שער הכוונות (Sha'ar Hakavanos, published in the sixteenth century) in the 7th paragraph here) to announce it loudly upon arriving home on Friday night for the reasons mentioned by msh210.

  • This is prior to the Shala. Commented Feb 1, 2012 at 2:21

There is a general precept to ask the well-being of another person. This is known as שאילת שלום, asking of ‘shalom’. For example in Berachot 9:5:

וְהִתְקִינוּ, שֶׁיְּהֵא אָדָם שׁוֹאֵל אֶת שְׁלוֹם חֲבֵרוֹ בַּשֵּׁם, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (רות ב) וְהִנֵּה בֹעַז בָּא מִבֵּית לֶחֶם, וַיֹּאמֶר לַקּוֹצְרִים יְיָ עִמָּכֶם, וַיֹּאמְרוּ לוֹ, יְבָרֶכְךָ יְיָ

And they corrected this, that one shall inquire after the peace of his friend with the Name [of God], as it says, “And behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem and said to the harvesters, ‘God be with you’, and they said to him, ‘God bless you.’” (Ruth 2:4) (Sefaria translation)

Or in Avot 4:15:

רַבִּי מַתְיָא בֶן חָרָשׁ אוֹמֵר, הֱוֵי מַקְדִּים בִּשְׁלוֹם כָּל אָדָם.

Rabbi Mattia ben Charash says: Be the first to greet every person.

It is the logical conclusion that is this the source of Shabbat Shalom, based on a statement in Yerushalmi (Shabbat 15:3 (78b), quoted in Tosafot Shababat 113b, Aruch Hashulchan 307):

אמר רבי חנינא מדוחק התירו לשאול שלום בשבת

Rebbi Chanina said: Asking shalom on Shabbat was permitted but with difficulty.

The statement refers to how one should change the manner in which one speaks on Shabbat, and to only speak sparingly and holily.

  • Interesting adduction! Can you spell out what the expected greeting/manner would have been before applying the Y'rushalmi and what it turned out to be after?
    – WAF
    Commented May 21, 2019 at 10:47

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