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Chai (pronounced [xai], occasionally [ħai]) is a symbol and word that figures prominently in Jewish culture and consists of the letters of the Hebrew alphabet Het (ח) and Yod (י). In the Hebrew language, the word chai (חַי) spelled by these two letters means "living," is related to the term for "life," chaim, and also appears in the slogan "`am yisrael chai!" (עַם יִשְׂרָאֵל חַי, "The nation of Israel lives!", referring to all Jews).


In Hebrew, the related word chaya means living thing or animal, derived from the Hebrew word chai (חי), meaning "life". Although rare, Chai can also be used as a boy's name. Chaya, derived from chai is a popular female name in Hebrew.

Orthodox Jews and in Israel

The name "Chaim" is quite a common boy´s name, particularly among Orthodox Jews and in Israel. Among all Jews, both religious and secular, the toast "l´chaim", which means "to life", is frequently used when celebrating something, such as one of the high holidays, birthdays, weddings etc.

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kai · breath *life flow. Kai lives in Chinatown, and in Mandarin Kai means "Open" – like "Open Your Mind," or, "Open Hearted."


In Egyptian culture, Kai is the home of the spirit (probably related to the same origins as the Hebrew "Life").

Native American (Indian)

Kai, means 'seed' in the Pima language. Rich creative history of Native American culture. The essence of the Pima and Maricopa tribes and the Gila River Indian Community.


Chai (pronounced as a single syllable and rhymes with 'pie'). Chai is Indian (India) for tea and is also the word for tea in many parts of the world. It is a centuries-old beverage which has played an important role in many cultures. Origins Of Tea - according to Chinese legend tea was discovered in 2737BC by Emperor Shen Nung when a leaf of wild tea tree fell into his cup of boiling water. until the third century BC tea was prepared as a medicine using leaves from wild tea trees.

The 'Way' of Life

The way of life is a course of conduct; it is "the path of virtue".

Jewish tradition

The Jewish tradition teaches that everything in this universe was created by G-d - Torah (Law) -- Halachah (Torah law) is not just a code of behavior for life on earth; it is also G-d's own "code of behavior," the manner in which He chooses to relate to His creation. Thus, we find G-d observing Shabbat, 2 donning tefillin, 3 and otherwise fulfilling the requirements of Torah law. In the words of the Midrash, "G-d's way is not like the way of flesh and blood. The way of flesh and blood is that he instructs others to do, but does not do so himself; G-d, however, what He Himself does, that is what He tells Israel to do and observe" (Midrash Rabbah, Shemot 30:4). If G-d commanded us the law of bar mitzra, He conforms to it Himself.

Chinese Tao (Dou or Dao)

The word Dharma literally means 'that which upholds or supports' (from the root 'Dhr' - to hold), here referring to the order which makes the cosmos and the harmonious complexity of the natural world possible. It signifies the underlying order in nature and life (human or other) considered to be in accord with that order. Dharma in its universal meaning shares much in common with the way of Tao or Taoism. Tao or Dao (道, Pinyin: Dào, Cantonese: Dou) is a Chinese character often translated as ‘The way of nature'. In ancient China, dao could be modified by other nouns. Tao is simply the way and order of the Universe.

Nature is stabilized by order

Lao Tsu taught that the wisest approach was a way of ‘non-action’ ("Wuwei"or "wu wei") – not inaction but rather a harmonisation of one’s personal will with the natural harmony and justice of Nature. ‘The World is ruled by letting things take their natural course. It cannot be ruled by going against nature or arrogance.’ (Tao Te Ching; Verse 48). It also means that the individual should do things natural to tao and appropriate to do in his circumstances, thus serving as an instrument of the Law rather than doing the things as individuals. That is why no one should take any credit for things done. Nature is stabilized by order, and humans along with all other natural phenomena exist within nature.



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