Star of David or Hamsa.Chai (חי) is a Hebrew word and symbol that means “life.” It is spelled with the Hebrew letters Het (ח) and Yud (י). Jews will often wear a Chai on a necklace, sometimes with a
Chai is pronounced as if you were saying “hi” in English.
The Symbolic Meaning of Chai
Judaism is a religion that emphasizes the importance of life. Jews are encouraged to be good, ethical people (mensches) and enjoy the time they are given on Earth. A common Jewish toast is “l’chaim!,” which means, “to life!.” It is said at celebrations in anticipation of all the good things to come. Because it means “life,” the Chai is consequently a symbol that captures an important aspect of Judaism. According to the gematria, which is a mystical tradition that assigns a numerological value to Hebrew letters, the letters Het (ח) and Yud (י) add up to the number 18. The Het has a value of 8 and the yud has a value of 10. As a result, 18 is a popular number that represents good luck. At weddings, bar mitzvahs and other events Jews often give gifts of money in multiples of 18, symbolically giving the recipient the gift of “life” or luck.
My day started with a 10 mile hike in the Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve which is part of the Champaign County Forest Preserve District. My initial visit here was back in November. The first 6 miles of my hike were spent crisscrossing across various trails and the final 4 miles of my hike was spent walking along county roads. By 9:00AM, I was back in my hotel room ready to start my day, with 17,000 steps 'banked' according to my fitbit.
After a one hour drive back to my hotel in Champaign from Mt Zion, I quickly changed and set out for an evening walk. I had more or less mapped out a course and when I arrived back at my hotel, I had logged an additional eight miles.
|I took this photo of myself overlooking Interstate Highway 57, I was within a half mile of my hotel during my second hike of the day..|
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|Skippy - Creamy Peanut Butter||463||15||39||17||366||7|
|Clover Valley - Whole Wheat Bread||480||88||4||32||880||8|
|Smucker's - Concord Grape - Jelly||150||39||0||0||15||36|
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|Jack Links - Teriyaki Jerky, 3.5 oz||280||21||4||42||1,680||18|
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|Banana - Banana, 2 medium banana (126 g)||248||60||0||2||2||38|
|Chunk Light Tuna In Water, 3 oz in can||60||0||1||13||250||0|
|Your Daily Goal||5,950||744||198||298||2,300||223|
|*You've earned 4,020 extra calories from exercise today|