I can’t believe it, but people seem to be checking this out. I thought maybe just my mother….
ANYWAY…..a quick thought. In Judaism, the number 18 is considered good luck. In Jewish numerology, each Hebrew letter has a value, which means each Hebrew word can be ascribed a numeric value. The value of the Hebrew word for “life” is “Chai” (with a soft gutteral sound to pronounce, not the tasty Chai Tea.
So, the word for life, a sacred and special thing, equals “18” according to those Jews who believe in this sort of thing, and the number takes on a little bit of a holy glint.
Thus, we have Aunt Sadie giving a Bar or Bat Mitzvah gift of 18 dollars. A more generous gift can be given using multiples of 18, such as 54 or 72. One rich uncle gave an 180 dollar gift certificate. You’d say, “Wow, Ten chai to spend at Toys R’ Us!”
To this day, when I give a charitable donation, I always use multiples of 18. It’s good luck!