It's a wonderful word!! I am not Jewish but have just learned what this word encompasses in it's meaning. Most of us know it to mean peace and of course it does but that's just a small part of the true meaning. Did you know that the word in Israel is used daily even though that country is far from peace? A word study for Shalom says: Completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony and the absence of agitation or discord. WOW! You know when we compliment one another or give encouragement it really does lift people and sometimes changes attitudes. Can you imagine the impact "Shalom" can have? Speaking all those positive words over one another can change hearts. Sure beats, "Hi, how are ya?", "OK, fine". Here's a wonderful Scripture including the Hebrew word, Shalom.
"The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance on you and give you SHALOM." Numbers 6:24-26 In the name of Sar Shalom - the Prince of Peace.