Perhaps there's a shortage at the fortune-cookie factory.
In Jewish tradition, the number 18 is lucky: the letters of חי (chai, "living") add up to 18. It's not unusual for a Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah gift to involve a multiple of 18 — e.g., $36: a double chai. But as Wallace Shawn says in My Dinner with André, "the cookie is in no position to know about that."
Saturday, April 5, 2008
By Michael Leddy at 8:51 AM