Becoming a Man Part Two. The Chai.

Bat Mitzvah in Tampa this afternoon.  My Grandson, Michael is joining the ranks of manhood.  Suit time. 

There are some events which stand out as you run the roads of life.  Some are great and some not so great.  There are things to check off.

My Grandfather taught me how to drive.  I wondered now how he had the patience to do that.

Dating was a nightmare.  No one teaches you anything that helps.  You fumble at it like a football game.

Accepting the fact that you have to pay the bills as  they come in a deluge into your hands is another thing you learn.

Accepting that most of the time you are not in the drivers seat but just a passenger in the car is another thing one learns with time.

What to tell my Grandson?   What are your suggestions?

P.S.  It was a grand time but also sad.  Michael’s mom is in the hospital and they tried to pod cast it to her.  It was a presence that was sweet and bitter in the atmosphere of the ceremony.  There were no dry eyes in the temple.  Hankies were in everyone’s hand.

The Rabbi was amazed at my Grandson.  He learned a years worth of work in a month to accomplish the readings.  He was fantastic.  Now, Michael is a man.  Actually it is a rite of passage.  But the words said, Pride is the only word I can describe my Grandson with.  Today, Sunday is the party.  We gave our Grandson a Chai.

Chai, which means “Life” is one of the most recognizable symbols of Judaism. Comprised of the letters Chet and Yud, together they form the word “Chai” – a word that reflects the importance of life in Judaism. The “ch” in Chai is pronounced like the -ch in the word, “Bach” and NOT like the “ch” in the word “choo-choo.”

According to the Gematria, a Jewish mystical tradition that assigns a numerological value to Hebrew letters, the Chet has a value of 8 and the Yud has a value of 10, adding up to the number 18 (Hebrew is read from right to left). Because of this, the number 18 represents good luck and gifts are often given in multiples of Chai, or 18. It symbolizes giving the recipient the gift of “life” or luck.

The Chai symbol is often worn on a necklace, like other Jewish symbols such as the Star of David and the hamsa. It is a popular symbol also seen in sculptures, paintings, plaques, and tapestries.

May he wear it well.


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