The ancient process known as 'gematria' assigns numeric values to the Hebrew alphabet so that each word is attributed to a number. Eighteen is the sum of the letters in 'Chai', making it the numerical value of the word 'life' in Hebrew. Gifts are often made in denominations of eighteen for this reason. 'Chai' has a special meaning in Jewish culture and religion, 'L'chayim' being the common blessing or toast, 'to life'. Giving this symbol conveys your best wishes to the recipient to have a long and full life.
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