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Rabbi Wing

Dear Friends

From Rabbi Binah Wing

Chaverim,  

 

Happy secular New Year! The number 18 has great significance in Jewish tradition. The reason for this has to do with gema-tria, which is a tradition of assigning meaning to He-brew letters and numbers. In Hebrew, each letter of the aleph-bet has a numer-ical value. The letters that make up the number 18 are a chet and a yud. The chet is the 8th letter of the aleph-bet and so has the val-ue of 8 and the yud is the 10th letter and has the value of 10. Added together, of course, this makes 18. When you put the chet and yud together, you get the word chai, which means life, as in the toast, L’chaim! To life!

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