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The first phrase emphasizes placing shalom upon us in regard to that which follows. The word, shalom means that things which are in conflict with one another, cease conflict and opposition. Yet they remain in existence as they are, as opposites. The five categories following shalom (טוֹבָה וּבְרָכָה חֵן וָחֶֽסֶד וְרַחֲמִים) may potentially be in conflict ...


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Drink away! See the Malbim (ibid) who points to various locations in the Talmud that discuss this same issue. Some Tanaim learn from your question - why Har Sinai is mentioned before wine libations - that the wine libations were not offered in the desert, others learn that they were already offered wine libations in the desert and they didn't wait until ...


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