The Jewish culture is steeped in culture and tradition. When it come to celebrations or a night on the town they also enjoy a good cheers and toast as they socialize with one another. If you plan on visiting Israel it’s a good idea to know their term for cheers so you can mingle as one of them.
L’Chayim (li-KHAY-eem) – The meaning behind L’Chayim is “to life”. Where most country enjoy toasting to health, they enjoy living in the moment and wish one another future success. You may find yourself saying this a lot, especially at bar mitzvah’s and other cultural celebrations.
Summary of Hebrew Cheers Drinking Toasts
Hebrew drinking toasts are a great way to celebrate special occasions and honor important people. They are often used at Jewish weddings or other celebrations, such as bar mitzvahs or Shabbat dinners. The most popular Hebrew toast is “L’Chaim” which translates literally as “To Life!”
Other common toasts include:
- Mazel Tov (Good Luck)
- Yishar Koach (Strength and Courage)
- Shehecheyanu (Thankfulness for Life’s Blessings)
- Simcha (Joyous Occasion)
- Hatzlacha (Success/Prosperity)
These traditional toasts express wishes of good luck, health, happiness and success for the honored guest(s). In addition to these phrases, many families have their own unique expressions that they use on special occasions. For example, some may say “May you live until 120” when making a toast. It is believed that this phrase was first uttered by Moses in Deuteronomy 34:7 when blessing Joshua before his passing. This expression has become increasingly popular among Jews over time due its positive connotations of long life and prosperity!