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What does LIFE mean?
“L’chayim!” is the well known toast that Jews make to celebrate special life moments and milestones. It means “to life!”

הַעִדֹ֨תִי בָכֶ֣ם הַיּוֹם֮ אֶת־הַשָּׁמַ֣יִם וְאֶת־הָאָ֒רֶץ֒ הַחַיִּ֤ים וְהַמָּ֙וֶת֙ נָתַ֣תִּי לְפָנֶ֔יךָ הַבְּרָכָ֖ה וְהַקְּלָלָ֑ה וּבָֽחַרְתָּ֙ בַּחַיִּ֔ים לְמַ֥עַן תִּֽחְיֶ֖ה אַתָּ֥ה וְזַרְעֶֽךָ׃

I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day: I have put before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life—if you and your offspring would live

ha-i-do-TEE va-KHEM ha-YOM et ha-sha-MA-yim v'-et ha-A-retz, ha-KHA-yim v'-ha-ma-VET na-ta-TEE l'-fa-NE-kha, ha-b'-ra-KHA v'-ha-k'-la-LAH, u-va-KHAR-ta ba-KHA-yim l'-ma-an ti-KHE-yeh a-TAH v'-zar-E-kha.

Deuteronomy 30:19

וַיַּחְפְּר֥וּ עַבְדֵֽי־יִצְחָ֖ק בַּנָּ֑חַל וַיִּ֨מְצְאוּ־שָׁ֔ם בְּאֵ֖ר מַ֥יִם חַיִּֽים׃

But when Yitzchak's servants, digging in the wadi, found there a well of spring water,

vai-yakh-pe-ROU av-DAY yitz-KHAK ba-NA-khal, vai-yim-tze-U-sham b'-ER ma-YIM kha-YIM

Genesis 26:19

Description about LIFE
“L’chayim!” is the well known toast that Jews make to celebrate special life moments and milestones. It means “to life!” The entire Bible can be summed up in this one word, as its overarching value is the respect for and sanctity of life. For by respecting the lives of others, we respect the God Who created everything. In other words, if we truly respect God, we will naturally respect all other living things. “I have put before you life and death…choose life” (Deuteronomy 30:15,19). Despite the great importance of each and every one of the Bible’s 613 commandments, one is permitted, even obligated, to violate almost any commandment in order to save a life. One is obligated to violate the laws of Shabbat or the kosher laws if one’s life, or someone else’s life, is at risk. The value of life is supreme. Not only is following God’s will and word the best way to live one’s life, it is the only way of life that is truly considered “living.” The Talmud teaches that evil people are considered as if they are dead even while they are still alive, while righteous people are considered alive, even after they have left this world. The Bible also uses the word chayim in regard to purification rituals for those who have become impure. Whether the impurity derives from a skin affliction or contact with a dead body, “living waters” that come from natural sources like rivers, springs and rainfall are required for the ritual to have its intended effect. Life is the source of purity.
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Where is LIFE in the Bible?
Deuteronomy 30:19, Genesis 26:19
What did LIFE do in the Bible?
What does the Bible say about LIFE?

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