To Life! to Life! L'chaim!
Grove, Helen, Moment
"Mazel tov ... l'chaim ... I wish for you a hundred years of success," raps hip-hop artist Jay-Z in a recent music video for the 2007 song ROC Boys (And the Winner Is), a celebration of success and excess. In the widely popular 2005 comedy film Wedding Crashers, two non-Jewish bachelors played by Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn shout l'chaim!--complete with the guttural clearing-of-the-throat sound unique to Semitic languages--to a bride and groom they have just met.
No longer reserved for Yiddish-speaking grandparents from the Old Country, l'chaim--to life!--has become synonymous with "cheers." It's an all-purpose toast for any occasion or situation that crosses barriers of …
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Publication information: Article title: To Life! to Life! L'chaim!. Contributors: Grove, Helen - Author. Magazine title: Moment. Volume: 33. Issue: 5 Publication date: September-October 2008. Page number: 22. © 2009 Moment Magazine. COPYRIGHT 2008 Gale Group.
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