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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Variant of Canada goose.

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Examples

  • Two juxtaposed images of religion: A priest in ancient Egypt moaning out an elaborately ritualized incantation over the mummified body of a dead pharaoh, and Tevye and his friends from Fiddler on the Roof drunkenly dancing and shouting l'chaim"to life".

    Matt J. Rossano: Fear of Death, Joy of Life and the Origins of God

  • Two juxtaposed images of religion: A priest in ancient Egypt moaning out an elaborately ritualized incantation over the mummified body of a dead pharaoh, and Tevye and his friends from Fiddler on the Roof drunkenly dancing and shouting l'chaim "to life".

    Matt J. Rossano: Fear of Death, Joy of Life and the Origins of God

  • Most of the aspects, such as purity laws and sacrifices, that most confuse us moderns are in fact lessons to a primitive culture in valuing life l'chaim over death, in sacrificing what one has a right to offer instead of what is not one's own to offer.

    "Ivan Karamazov said that if God does not exist everything is permitted..."

  • B'sefer chayim beracha v'shalom u'farnasah tovah, nizacher v'nikatev lefanecha anachnu v'chol am'cha beit Yisrael, l'chaim tovim u'l'shalom.

    A Life Well Lived!

  • The architect's two modern exterior forms -- the cube and a slanting rectangle that protrude from the landmark brick fa├žade -- are intended to form the expression l'chaim, to life, affirming that the museum's focus is on the present and future -- not a history filled with tragedy.

    Daniel Libeskind Opens

  • I also initially liked Nadia, but then she lapsed into this mannered, lounge singer style, so every "I'm gonna..." sounded like she was clearing her throat of phlegm or toasting the wedding party with a "l'chaim gonna..."

    The Constantine shocker!

  • I chose instead to begin the service with the story that we talked about earlier, that a rabbi went into Auschwitz and said that before we leave, we have to make l'chaim.

    CNN Transcript Sep 17, 2001

  • "Well, l'chaim, everyone," Dorf said, officially kicking off the tasting, and sampling his first white wine.

    The Jewish Week (BETA)

  • Fiddler on the Roof drunkenly dancing and shouting l'chaim

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • It takes a bigger investment in time and thought to study and understand the real, underlying message of Jewish living - "to life", "/l'chaim/", and being a Light Unto the Nations.

    Deborah Gyapong

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