Chai 5764
Chai 5764 - by Adam Rhine
Watercolor and Colored Pencil on Board

For more information about this painting, email the artist at adam@hebrewart.com

“May only goodness and kindness pursue me all the days of my life, and shall dwell in the House of The Lord for long days.” Tehillim/Psalm 23:6

Chai, the Hebrew word for “life”, is a combination of the letters chet and yud. The numerical value of these letters is eighteen, multiples of which are often given as charity to remind us of the gift of life and the benevolence we are required to emulate. Charity, tzedakah, is one of the pillars of the Jewish religion and an eternal practice of its people.


Text by Louise Temple from the book "Hebrew Illuminations"