This banner hangs near the front door of our home, and Robbie says it should actually count for TWO languages - Hebrew and Southern! The Hebrew word shalom means peace and is also used to convey hello and goodbye. Of course, y'all is a contraction of the words you and all. Being born and raised in the American South, I was surprised to learn that most of the rest of the world didn't use this wonderfully convenient contraction. In fact, I don't believe Robbie's ever used it despite the other Southern tendencies he's developing after being here in Texas for over 18 years.
Robbie bought this banner for me in the gift shop at an exhibit of Treasures From The Holy Land that was on tour here in Dallas the year we moved into our home. I love the juxtaposition of this Hebrew word that's used 200 times in the Bible with a word that's commonly believed to have originated right here in the United States - one nation under God.