September 27, 2016

Daily Wisdom: To Greet With God’s Name

The world over, God’s name is evoked in greetings. The Spanish hello – ‘Olah’ – originated in Arab Spain from the term “O’Allah” – Allah of course being the Arab appellation of God. In Bavarian German they say ‘Gruss God’. In Hebrew, the common response when asked how you are doing is ‘Baruch Hashem’ – Praise God, or Thank God. The Hebrew greeting ‘Shalom’ is actually a name of God. In English, we still follow this custom when we part from someone and say “God speed” or “God be with you.”

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