Where Does the Phrase "Am Yisra’el Ḥai" Come From?

Popular today at weddings and bar-mitzvahs, the words, meaning “the people of Israel lives,” trace all the way back to the story of Joseph.

Young Jewish farmworkers on a Jewish communal farm in Sussex, England in 1950. Kurt Hutton/Picture Post/Getty Images.

Young Jewish farmworkers on a Jewish communal farm in Sussex, England in 1950. Kurt Hutton/Picture Post/Getty Images.

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May 12 2016
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