To Life: L’Chayim, L’Chaim. Saving A Life: Pikuach Nefesh

From the List of Yiddish Words and Expressions of HannaVision’s website, we read:

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 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.”


About Roland Louis Hansen

I have been: an organization development consultant; a college-level instructor of political science, psychology, and sociology; a public administrator; a social worker; an elected official; a political operative; a community activist; a union official; a shoe salesman and manager, a factory worker; a fast food restaurant employee; and, a custodian.
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