Shalom Rav

Shalom Rav (Hebrew: שָׁלוֹם רָב‎; "Abundant Peace") is a blessing that is recited at the end of the evening and afternoon Amidot in the Ashkenazic tradition. There is a different version of this prayer, Sim Shalom (שִׁים שָׂלוֹם), for the morning Amidah. In the Sefardic, Chasidic-Sefardic, and Nusach Ari rites, Sim Shalom is said at all prayer services.

Versions in SongEdit

In the denominations of Judaism where many prayers are sung rather than chanted, the most popular melody for Shalom Rav is the one composed by Jeff Klepper and Dan Freelander in 1974.[1] It is a regular part of Shabbat services in Reform congregations around the world.

In many Jewish congregations, the cantor and congregation will sing the version of Shalom Rav by Ben Steinberg. The sheet music can be found in the Reform movement's "Shaarei Shira" Gates of Song book, at least in the 1987 edition.[2]

TextEdit

Hebrew Text Translation
שָׁלוֹם רָב עַל יִשְׂראֵל עַמְּֿךָ תָּשִׂים לְעוֹלָם Grant abundant peace upon Israel your nation forever,
כִּי אַתָּה הוּא מֶֽלֶךְ אָדוֹן לְכָל הַשָּׁלוֹם for you are King, Master of all peace.
וְטוֹב בְּעֵינֶֽיךָ לְבָרֵךְ אֶת עַמְּֿךָ יִשְׂרָאֵל And may it be good in your eyes to bless your nation Israel
בְּכָל עֵת וּבְכָל שָׁעָה בִּשְּׁלוֹמֶֽךָ at all times and all hours with your peace.
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה' הַמְבָרֵךְ אֶת עַמּוֹ יִשְׂרָאֵל בַּשָּׁלוֹם Blessed are You, Hashem, who blesses His people Israel with peace.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Musical Settings: Shalom Rav by Jim Ball, Reform Judaism magazine
  2. ^ ISBN 978-0807404065

Per Rosenberg, Rabbi Arnold. JEWISH LITURGY AS A SPIRITUAL SYSTEM, (Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, 1997), page 99 The "Shalom Rav" prayer originated in 11th century Germany.

Rosenberg's source = Elbogen, Ismar. Jewish Liturgy: A Comprehensive History, Translated by Raymond P. Scheindlin, (New York: The Jewish Publication Society, 1993), p. 53