L’chei-im, le’chayim! – To life! (the traditional Jewish toast); To your health, skol
Before proceeding, take a look/listen to:
Shmuel Rudenski – To Life !.(L’Chaim) Yiddish Song
Answers.com responds to the question:
How do you say to life in Yiddish?
But wait! How the heck do you spell this word? Yahoo! Answers responds to the question:
What is the difference between l’chayim and l’chaim?
Whether you spell it l’chei-im or le’chayim or l’chayim or l’chaim, it is all about life.
The saving of a life, Pikuach Nefesh, is one of the highest values in Judaism.
One web page I looked up in my research on Pikuach Nefesh, started with this sentence: “In Judaism, human life is essential and so pikuach nefesh, the obligation to save a life in jeopardy, is considered a major value to uphold.”
I suggest you read the entire Pikuach Nefesh article by Ariel Scheib over at the Jewish Virtual Library website.
Another article that I found to be interesting is Saving a Life (Pikuach Nefesh) by Rabbi Simon Glustrom over at the website of My Jewish Learning.
Hey, if you want to learn some more on this subject, I suggest you read the entire Wikipedia Pikuach nefesh article that starts out with: “The Jewish principle of saving a life, in Hebrew pikuakh nefesh (Hebrew פיקוח pikuakh “saving”, of נפש nefesh “life”) describes the principle in Jewish law that the preservation of human life overrides virtually any other religious consideration.”