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Jewish Names

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Published: October 10, 2008


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Visitor Comments: 44

(44) Miriam, May 1, 2013 4:26 PM

A Misunderstanding on my part

I don't understand. You said to use your Hebrew name, to have a strong Hebrew name that you won't replace with an English name. Then you say they're used for important events (bris, when receiving an aliyah). Do we stick with Hebrew or save them for only the events?

(43) Elisheva, November 9, 2011 5:03 PM

never too late!

Go for it, Liba Rochel! :-) Show the world-- you can do it!!

(42) Dorota, May 21, 2011 4:05 AM

yes, names are important

Lori Liba Rochel - it is never too late :)

(41) Rachel, May 15, 2011 7:49 PM

I did it, you can too!

I changed what I am called. I used to be called "Rachel" in English. I decided to be called Ruh as in Rum, Ch as in chesed, chel as in sell. (my hebrew name). Everyone already knew me as Rachel, but started calling me my hebrew name even after knowing me for 2 years of highschool. Now, mostly everyone in my school calls me by my hebrew name, and I am surprised to hear my english one. so dont think that just because evryone knows you already and its awkward that you cant do it. yes at first it might feel a little funny reminding people, but it is worth it in the long run..my name has holiness, and i am constantly reminded to follow in the ways of Rachel Imeinu from the Torah, who i am named after, not embarrassing people (she gave over her husband in order not to embarrass her sister!) and crying out for her children, the Jewish people. instead of being american, i identify myself as being a Jew! loud and clear. you should all have much success...if i could do it, so could you! the sooner you do it, the easier it will be. :)

(40) sora, June 18, 2010 2:05 AM

I stumbled upon your video on Jewish names and couldnt beleive what you were saying. I too did not grow up in an observant/religious home. I decided after HS graduation to be introduced and called by my Hebrew name. Sora...I should be so lucky that I should emmulate sora emanu., an inspiration. it was with great conviction of belief (and needing to convince my husband ) that a Jewish has a Jewish neshamah and needs to be called by a Jewish name. Thus my son's name is mordechai. He always refers to himself as MORDECHAI and it is he that knows it was the biblical mordechai that helped to save the Jewish people in Megilat Roos. Yes, Leiba Rachel/Lori, strong Jewish names call upon the neshama of that Jewish child. This shall be the beggining for a strong people.

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