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Why are so many people into the number 18 - Chai?

  

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Rabbi Yossi Turk: Bienvenidos Welcome. Un minuto ya lo atiendo. I'll be with you in a moment...

Chaim: What is the significance of the number 18? While I understand that the gematriah of chai is 18, aren't there numerous other good words in Hebrew that add up to different values other than 18? why chai? :)

Rabbi Yossi Turk: the verse says "vehachai yiten el libo" -- "the living shall take to heart"

Rabbi Yossi Turk: but literally it translates to mean: the chai, put on your heart

Chaim: where's the verse?

Rabbi Yossi Turk: i would have to search the source, i dont recall off hand

Rabbi Yossi Turk: of course there is no Mitzvah to have a chai necklace, but it's a way to interpret the words

Chaim: do you think that's why the chai necklace became popular?

Rabbi Yossi Turk: perhaps

Rabbi Yossi Turk: and who dosnt want life? people search for anything that gives them hope

Chaim: interesting.

Chaim: i'm going to search for where the pasuk comes from - thanks for the insight.

Rabbi Yossi Turk: as i mentioned earlier, it really means "the living should reflect with their heart"

Rabbi Yossi Turk: take life seriously... know we aren't eternal, and use our time to serve Hashem productivly

Chaim: thanks.

Chaim: it's in koheles1

Rabbi Yossi Turk: ok

Rabbi Yossi Turk: :-)

Chaim: 7:2

Rabbi Yossi Turk: there is a booklet which uses this verse for its name

Rabbi Yossi Turk: its a collection of all the conversations the Rebbe had with people who came to console him after the passing of his wife in 1988

Chaim: what's the connection?

Rabbi Yossi Turk: after one passes

Rabbi Yossi Turk: its supposed to be a reminder to us who are here

Rabbi Yossi Turk: to remember we arnt eternal as mentioned earlier

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  • 1. Ecclesiastes.

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Mitzvah
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