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soc.culture.jewish FAQ: Worship, Conversion, Intermarriage (5/12)
Section - Question 11.9.3: Symbols: What is the signficance of "Chai" and the number 18?

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                                  Answer:
   
   The word CHAI means LIFE in Hebrew. The "CH" is pronounced with a
   gutteral sound. The word CHAI is written in Hebrew as CHET YUD. Every
   hebrew letter has a numeric value, and CHET=8, YUD=10. Thus, the
   "numeric value" of Chai is 18.

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