It's Alive! Hebrew's Resurrected Word for Life / StreetWise Hebrew Podcast

What happened to the word for life between the shteytels of Eastern Europe and its return into modern Israeli slang?

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Chayim, life, is a word often used in Hebrew, in Israeli slang, and even across oceans and seas. What happened to it between the shteytels of Eastern Europe and its return into modern Israeli slang? And how do we use it to beg someone to change the TV channel?

Words and expressions discussed:
Im ele ha-chayim – אִם אֵלֶה הַחַיִים
Hachayim Shelcha Nifl’aim – הַחַיִים שֶלךָ נִפְלָאִים
Tni li lageshet el chayaich –תְּנִי לִי לָגֶשֶת אֶל חַיָיִךְ
Chaya’ich – חַיָיִךְ
Chayecha –חַיֵיךָ
Be-chaye-cha – בְּחַיֵיךָ
Be-chayecha ta’avir arutz – בְּחַיֵיךָ תַּעֲבִיר עָרוּץ
Be-chayaich –בְּחַיָיִךְ
Be-chayechem –בְּחָיֵיכֶם
Ba-chayim lo pagashti oto – בַּחַיִים לֹא פָּגַשְתִּי אוֹתוֹ
Shatita? Ba-chayim al tinhag – שָתִיתָ? בַּחַיִים אַל תִּנְהַג
Ba-chayim – בַּחַיִים
Le-chayim – לְחַיִים
Ani chay –אֲנִי חַי
At chaya – אַת חָיָה
Anachnu chayim –אֲנַחְנוּ חַיִים
Mitnadvim osim chayim –מִתְנַדְּבִים עוֹשִֹים חַיִים
Ta’ase/ta’asi/ta’asu chayim – תַּעֲשֶֹה/ תַּעֲשִֹי/ תַּעֲשֹוּ חַיִים
Eich ha-chayim –אֵיךְ הַחַיִים
Chayim sheli –חַיִים שֶׁלִי
Chayey kelev – חַיֵי כֶּלֶב
Tse li me-ha-chayim –צֵא לִי מֵהַחַיִים
Harasta li et ha-chayim –הָרַסְתָּ לִי אֶת הַחַיִים
Chayim tovim – חַיִים טוֹבִים