Chai 5773
Chai 5773 - The Moroccan Twist - by Adam Rhine
Acrylic and Colored Pencil on Arches Watercolor Paper

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“Had I not trusted that I would see the goodness of The Lord in the land of Life! Hope to G-d, strengthen yourself and He will give you courage, and hope to G-d.” Tehillim/Psalm 27:13-14

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"