- "Literally, 'life'" (JPS); 18 (see note)
- "You should donate $18 because it's 'chai'."
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Who Uses This
Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
The numerical value of the word chai is '18', so the number 18 is sometimes referred to as 'chai'.
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