In this provocative article, Atar Hadari explores some of the more controversial aspects of the song “Shalom Aleichem,” explaining why several leading rabbinic figures have taken issue with it. Hadari suggests that the essence of the song, traditionally sung to the ministering angels on Friday night, is about domestic harmony and the renewal of the relationship between man and wife. While he notes that there may be some theological concern with the idea of receiving blessings from angels, as opposed to God, Hadari claims that the more dangerous issue is that a couple will expect their marital relationship to be maintained through Divine blessing, instead of from their own hard work. Hadari, an acclaimed actor, poet, playwright and author, published this piece in Mosaic Magazine, an online magazine that takes a lively, serious, and committed approach to Jewish issues and ideas.
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