Rabbi Shalom Lewis's blog

November, 2011

Mon, 11/14/2011 - 7:50pm -- Rabbi Shalom Lewis

The old hackneyed observation that Jews say goodbye and never leave and that gentiles leave and never say goodbye has become a part of our gentle, self-mockery. Linguistically the identical word shalom, as we all know, means both ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’, humorously defining us as a people who don’t know if we are coming or going. Further- more, a mezuzah greets us with a kiss and bids us farewell with a kiss. Again, entrance and departure a confusing, imprecise symmetry. I wonder if the revolving door is a Jewish invention. Just a thought.

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