Chai 5766
Chai 5766 - by Adam Rhine
Watercolor and Colored Pencil on Arches Watercolor Paper

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

“For Your kindness is greater than life, my lips shall praise You. Thus I shall bless You all my life; in Your Name I shall lift my hands.” Tehillim/Psalm 63:4-5

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"