14K Gold Chai Hebrew Pendant
14K Gold Chai Hebrew Pendant
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Enhance your religious jewelry collection with the classic look of this stunning 14K Yellow Gold Chai (Life) Pendant. A timeless piece of unsurpassed quality, this exquisite religious charm pendant will be a welcome addition to any jewelry collection and makes a perfect gift at a price you can afford.
Jewelry Technical Details:
Metal Type: 14K Yellow Gold
Dimensions: 12.50 MM
The Chai is a special Jewish Hebrew sign that means Life. The most commonly known example of this Hebrew word is in the Jewish Hebrew toast "Le Chaim", which means to life. The Chai is made of two Hebrew letters Hay and Yod. In the Cabalistic tradition where letters stand for certain numbers, the Chai stands for the number eighteen. Jewish people often give gifts of money in multiples of eighteen. The Chai is not an amulet. It is not believed to have any intrinsic power of its own, rather, it is worn as reminder that the gift of life is our most precious possession, and the greatest gift of all that God has given humanity. This symbol, commonly seen on necklaces and other jewelry and ornaments, is simply the Hebrew word Chai (living), with the two Hebrew letters Chet and Yod attached to each other. Some say it refers to the Living G-d. Judaism as a religion is very focused on life, and the word chai has great significance. The typical Jewish toast is l'chayim (to life). Gifts to charity are routinely given in multiples of 18 (the numeric value of the word Chai).
This symbol, commonly seen on necklaces and other jewelry and ornaments, is simply the Hebrew word Chai (living), with the two Hebrew letters Chet and Yod attached to each other. Some say it refers to the Living G-d; others say it simply reflects Judaism's focus on the importance of life. Whatever the reason, the concept of chai is important in Jewish culture. The typical Jewish toast is l'chayim (to life). Gifts to charity are routinely given in multiples of 18 (the numeric value of the word Chai).
In Judaism, the Chai symbol consists of the letters of the Hebrew alphabet Het and Yod. In the Hebrew language, the word chai spelled by these two letters means "living", and is related to the word for "life", chaim, and also appears in the slogan am yisrael chai! "The people of Israel lives!", referring to all Jews. There have been various mystical numerological speculations about the fact that according to the system of gematria, the letters of chai add up to 18. For this reason, 18 is a lucky number in Judaism, and many Jews give gifts of money in multiples of 18 as a result.
The Chai symbol is often worn by Jews as a medallion around the neck (along with the Magen David or Star of David and the Hamsa).
Although rare, Chai can also be used as a boy's name.
Spelling and pronunciation
The most common spelling is "Chai", but the word is occasionally also spelled "Hai" (or as "Kai" among Black Hebrews). The usual modern pronunciation of this word (in terms of IPA symbols) is [xai], while a transcription of the more original pronunciation would be [hai] (with pharyngeal consonant).
L'chayim literally, "to life" is wished to each other when participating in someones Simcha and is meant as a blessing that just as we are wishing each other Nachess (gladness of the heart) now; it should be to life, to be alive in the future and participate in many more simchoth. It is similarly also used as a Hebrew toast and an expression of goodwill. In American popular culture, the phrase was granted a wide audience through the song "L'chayim" in the musical Fiddler on the Roof.
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