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Jewish People are Connected: An Amazing True Story

How a baby-naming united hearts and transcended borders.

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(9) Kathleen Dahnke Nottestad, March 18, 2016 1:21 AM

What's in a name?

When our first son was born - we had not decided on a name - thus, he was Baby Boy NOTTESTAD - we both agreed it was important to choose just the right name for this precious son of ours. As days passed people would ask aren't you going to name your baby? My husband had gone to a place he found peace an artisan spring that spouted cold H20 quietly streamed there, and
with pen and paper gave deep thought to his new sons name.
He handed me the next morning a paper with three names on it and asked me to choose - one name was circled numerous times - I agreed the perfect name for Baby Boy NOTTESTAD! he attended college and he worked during college breaks and
summers as an Engineer for a small company in the town we
lived. While there an older man took him under his wings and one day he called my son over and gently told him that when signing any engineer design you put your initials not your name -
Dan smiled and told his friend those are my initials D. A. N.
Daniel Allen NOTTESTAD. His friend was tickled and embraced our son. The PERFECT name for our Precious Son! Now an Engineer.
I too enjoyed the story - God works in mysterious ways - may Gods stead fast love be with all as he shines HIS light on even the everyday events that transpire in every second of one's life.

(8) Anonymous, March 16, 2016 9:22 PM

how touching

wow! what a beautiful message, in such a poignant way,
Am Echad! Yes we have to love each other!

(7) Barry Cohn, March 16, 2016 4:03 AM


I think the families of those who passed away should have the privilege to name their future children after the victims. This couple now have a "story" to tell that is impersonal and perhaps grandstanding. Had they named their child after the grandfather, they would have an authentic story about a beloved ancestor and about their yichus which would honor memory and let the child feel connected to great man. The name will now end up meaning little to the child because it's their parent's story and not shared family story.

Vanessa, April 22, 2016 3:27 AM

I see this differently from you

How can there be grandstanding when they knew not of the death of the father and son when they picked the name of their son?
Where is it impersonal when Hashem let them be remembered?
What Merit!! What love!!

This has Hashems hand all over this.
Loving care from our Creator
Honestly is this not Hashem showing us, His children our connection to each other?
And also to get out the story of this tragedy out to more people who other wise would not have heard about them
One thing about this God of Ours is that everything He does touches everything else and nothing goes to waste or stands idle.
I pray that at the time of your passing you should merit kindness and loving memory from Hashem.

(6) Kelly Rebekah ben Maimon, March 15, 2016 9:04 PM


Thank you for sharing Rabbi. What a beautiful inspirational story! We are ONE NATION..

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