from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A toast among the Jews. The one who treats says (in Yiddish), “lehayim.” The reply is, “lesholem,” “unto peace,” equivalent to “your welfare.” Sometimes both terms are used: as, “lehayim u-lesholem,” “to your life and peace.”
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And we know that Israel will never give her enemies the victory they seek, never abandon the hope of peace, never lose hatikvah leshalom.