Question by  apple (447)

What is the significance of 18 in Judaism?

Why are gifts and donations given in multiples of 18?


Answer by  notorious (249)

The word for "life" in Hebrew is "chai. " Chai is spelled with two letters: chet and yod. Letters in the Hebrew alphabet are assigned numeric values. Chet is the equivalent of 8, and yod of 10. Donations made in multiples of 18 are considered to be made to life. La chaim!


Answer by  anastasovi2004 (31)

The word for "life" in Hebrew is "chai. " The (2) two Hebrew letters that make up the word "chai" are chet and yud. In Gematria (the numerical value of Hebrew letters), chai is equivalent to 8 and yud is equivalent to 10. So "chai", chet and yud together, equals 18.


Answer by  TheAnswerFairy (2345)

The number 18 is symbolic of life. In the Hebrew language, each letter has a number value, and the numbers in the word "life" (Hebrew: chai) add up to 18.


Answer by  Mike39 (320)

In Judaism each Hebrew letter is assigned a certain numerical value; hence, each Hebrew word has a numerical value, which is a sum of all its letters. The word "chai", which means "life" in English has a numerical value of 18.

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