L’Chaim! To Life!
During our Amidah prayer (a.k.a. Shemoneh Esray) we praise HaShem with the words, וכל החיים יודוך סלה, (ViChal HaChaim Yoducha Selah) meaning “And all life shall thank You forever.”
Now let’s see how each letter of the word, חיים, life, hints to the four types of people who have to give thanks to HaShem:
ח’ולה – The Choleh (sick patient) who recuperated from sickness.
י’ם – The traveler who successfully journeyed across the Yam (ocean).
י’וצא מבית אסורים – The prisoner who was Yotseh (freed) from jail.
מ’דבר – The survivor who crossed the dangerous Midbar (desert).
BTW: the last word סֶּלָה – Selah – is also the last word of Birchas HaGomel (see later)