Chai– Not the Tea but a Symbol

We know, you order Chai masala tea at your local Indian restaurant.  It is sweet, creamy and oh-so-delicious.  This is also what comes up when you do a google search for Chai.

Happened to us, so you aren’t the only one out there.

chai-latte

 

 

A chai is actually a combination of 2 Hebrew letters: chet and yud.  Pronounced “hi” or if you want to fake an accent, had a hard ch to it.  There’s no need to do that though. chai letters in hebrew

 

So, how come it is common to wear these two letters and not two other random Hebrew ones?  This is really a two-part answer.

 

Well, there is the mystical tradition, called gematria, that assigns a numerological value to Hebrew letters.  The letter chet has a value of 8, since it is the 8th letter in the alphabet, and the yud is the 10th.  So that equals 18.  And 18 is now a lucky number because of these two letters combined together and their value.  You’ll often find Jewish people gift in increments of 18, 36, 72…. you can do the math from there.

The second reason comes from the word Chayim…meaning  life.  You’ve heard it in modern day songs, from the Black Eyed Peas, I Gotta Feeling, when they yell out “L’Chayim!”  To life!  Ok, now that Fiddler on the Roof song “L’chayim, L’chayim to life!” will play in your head.

 

In a nut shell, Chai, the combination of two letters is for a long, prosperous and healthy life.

Alef Bet Jewelry has it set with diamonds and 14k gold or in sterling silver on lucky red string bracelets.  No matter the reason, gifting something with a Chai or in increments of 18 is a good thing, a positive thing, a lucky thing.

Chai symbol jewelry

Shema Israel Hebrew Necklace

Shema Israel Sterling Silver Necklace
Shema Yisrael Necklace in Silver

 

Wearing the Shema Yisrael necklace is like holding a precious gift close to your heart.   The Hebrew prayer, Shema, translates as “Hear O’Israel, The Lord is Our G-d, The Lord is One.”  -Deuteronomy 6:4.

 

The Shema prayer is the considered the most important prayer in Judaism, stating that Jews have only One G-d, there are no others.  Keeping the faith close by, not only in your heart and soul, but on your body is a beautiful statement.  Necklace comes in silver, gold-plate or rose-plate and all have a single brightly shining stone in the upper corner.  Like a smile smiling down on you….

 

See the Shema Necklace on Amazon.com by clicking here.