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"Oseh Shalom" - A Prayer for Peace

Singing about shalom, the most recognizable Hebrew word.

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Vocals and piano by Sam Glaser

Story: Two Brothers in Jerusalem

A long time ago in Jerusalem lived two brothers who were both farmers. They tended their crop on opposite sides of a hilltop. One brother was married and had a large family. The other lived alone. They farmed the land, and harvested equal amounts of produce. Every night the two brothers, each in his own home at opposite ends of the field, would lie awake in thought.

The brother with the large family would think to himself, "My brother is alone, and has no one to take care of him. Surely he needs more of the crop than I." Meanwhile, the single brother wondered, "My brother has many children to feed. Surely he and his wife need more of the crop than I."

And so each night, long after midnight, the married man would gather bundles of wheat, carry them across the field and quietly place them among his brother's supply. And likewise, the single man would gather some of his bundles late at night, and secretly deliver them to his married brother.

Years passed, each brother unaware of the other's generosity.

One clear starry night, the two brothers met as they carried their bundles of wheat across the field. Realizing what the other had been doing all these years, they dropped the produce, held out their arms, and embraced. Weeping together, they realized the true meaning of brotherly love.

The hill on which their field sat was Mount Moriah, and the spot where the two brothers wept was to become the Holy Temple built by King Solomon -- for only such a place of extraordinary giving could serve as the bedrock for the holiest site of the Jewish people.


This story has become popular Jewish lore in recent years; it is not sourced in the Talmud or Midrash.


June 16, 2004

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Visitor Comments: 9

(8) Maxine, April 24, 2013 6:43 AM

two brothers

what an amazing story....this is why I love this site...thank you

(7) Shaikh Md. Mominul Islam (Moon), June 7, 2012 10:48 PM

The Greatest Story of Brotherly Love

Shalom! I'm Shaikh Md. Mominul Islam (Moon) from Khulna, Bangladesh. I was born in a Bengali Muslim family. But I'm always interested in world religions including Judaism. I always wonder why Muslims can not think Jews as their brothers. These things hurt my feelings. Anyway, personally I consider everybody as my brothers or sisters. Jews, Christians, Hindu, Buddhists, Baha'i, atheists, agnostics everybody. I have lots of friends of different backgrounds. And I have a club here where I teach moral stories to youths. I found out this story is one of the greatest stories about brotherly love! Its such a nice story, it worths published in text books for youth for their moral/ethical growth. Thanks for publishing this nice story here on Internet. Yom Nifla! Peace to all!

Anonymous, April 24, 2014 1:39 PM



(6) mahyar kashani, October 2, 2011 8:55 PM

B E A utiful!

wow what a story!

(5) Eliab ben Benyamin, June 26, 2011 1:18 PM

Wonderful, thank you - Tov - Shalom 'v Chesad

Wonderful, thank you - Tov - Shalom 'v Chesad

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