Published May-10-06
Ask Rabbi Dan
by Rabbi Dan S. Wiko PhD
  Issue: 7.05
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John of Gloucester, Massachusetts asks, "What is the significance of L'Chaim?"

Dear John,

L'Chaim literally means TO LIFE and is used as a way of wishing someone good fortune and a long life.  It is also said when having a drink of wine or liquor as a well-meaning expression that in drinking the brew one should live to a ripe old age.

Rabbi Dan

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