's Question of the Day

Parents are given a dose of prophecy when naming their child. Can you see how your Hebrew name captures the essence of your personality?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Comments (17)

(13) kevin, February 13, 2019 2:58 PM

Looking back

When I did name my two children I look back and now can easily know that it came from somewhere beyond me.
The names never come easy, it was with time and thought that they slowly appeared in my soul.
I felt like my children were naming themselves through me through the almighty.
I see a similar process when other younger friends are pregnant and going through the process. They seam to be throwing around ideas until they are given the name from a higher source.

(12) Anonymous, February 12, 2019 11:23 AM

Right on

When I was expecting our 2nd son we planned on naming him David to go with his older brother Jonathon. We he was born, 3 or 4 minutes old I looked and said that he was not a David but a Benjamin. He has been a firefighter, EMT ambulance driver, and a companion for an older (90) gentleman. I feel that I named him correctly .

(11) MESA, February 11, 2019 2:55 PM

My younger son was born only a few months after the petirah of my mother-in-law's mother. Her name was Sarah. In my husband's family, they generally don't translate a name between genders, so we chose a name for our younger son that we liked. Our Rav, who gave our son his name, spoke at the seudah and he spoke about the word "tov." In the Torah, it means more than just "good." It also refers to a legacy or continuation or "kiyum." Turns out that the gematria of Sarah and Tov equals 522 and the gematria of our son's name is 522. After I picked my jaw up off the floor, I thought that it's a good siman that our child will carry on Grandma's legacy of Torah, Mitzvot, love, and family.

(10) Anonymous, February 10, 2019 10:14 PM

My Hebrew name was given to me by an Israeli friend of my parents

Shimona Sophia. I am named for my Dad's paternal grandfather Jacob (Shimon) and my Mom's paternal grandmother Sophie. Jacob immigrated to the US from Lithuania with his brothers and settled in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. They sponsored many other relatives as evident by the cemetery with all the Salsburgs. Many of them became kosher butchers. Sophie was an immigrant from Germany in the second wave of German Jewish immigrants. She and her husband Joseph settled in New Haven, Connecticut. An Israeli friend of my parents suggested the modern (1960) Israeli name Shimona. I have always loved my Hebrew name and the fact that an Israeli friend suggested it because I care very much for Israel.

(9) Leah, February 10, 2019 8:33 PM


The more I learn about Leah, the more it resonates with me.

(8) Anne Maria Zachariassen, February 10, 2019 8:27 PM

what the name means in Hebrew

Anne as Hannah prays to Him. Right to me as a prayer, I have the grace or hope to Him. Also Maria as Miryam I have, the same way as Miryam was singing. My brother Esa as Esra or Isaiah is a right helper for the family with the patience. My brother Tero as Abrams father Terah is right. He always does not so quickly, the time waits later, later, so he comes as Terah! My parents gave me and brothers specially names. my brothers are not in the Jewish way. But I love HIm and Israel so I want to be a Jewish woman! Pray for me! Shalom!

Gershom, February 10, 2019 9:05 PM

May all of the Aish Members ......

Anne - May all of the Aish Members - and others - pray that - G-D - will quickly bless you - and all your family - and those yet to come in your family - with renewed heart - soul - and mind - to successfully return - to your Jewish Roots - and be able to successfully keep - His Torah Commandments and Laws.

Reuven, February 12, 2019 5:17 AM

"Yiddishe Neshama

It is clear that you have a Yiddishe Neshama, a Jewish soul.

It sounds like your family members are fittingly named, too.
They can holy non-Jewish souls as Jews believe in the chance that ALL the descendants of Noah can be.

Best of luck with your Judaism!

(7) Anonymous, February 10, 2019 8:26 PM

Names make a huge impact on people's personality!

I do Believe that a betiuful, cute, endearing, interesting name helps the person to embellish his/her personality in society, when we love our kids, we should be aware of this fact, on the other hand, it was in Israel where I recall citizens carried two names, it was not the case for Sephardic Jews to carry two names, kids used to be called after their grandparents or other relatives who already passed, unfortunately because of this reason, many would carry names not with compliance with their taste, the person then changed it or made a different name out of it, and yes, psychologically, names make a huge impact on people's personality!

(6) Adam, February 10, 2019 7:36 PM

I am Adam

I am the first Adam I ate the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge. "Drugs" and my eyes were opened like the divine beings so that Iwould know right and wrong. Only unlike the first Adam I kept eating of it. I too was very naive. Adam also means earth and I've always been tied to this earth. I love geology and have vast knowledge of earth sciences and trees. My grandmas name was Eve. I struggled with G_d my entire life and found my way to being a non secular Jew at Chabad Treatment center. I'm getting older so I guess the next step is redemption , much toil, and to start populating this planet. Thank you

Anonymous, February 10, 2019 9:09 PM

May all of the Aish Members - ......

Adam - May all of the Aish Members - and others - also pray that - G-D - will quickly bless you - and all your family - and those yet to come in your family - with renewed heart - soul - and mind - to successfully return - to your Jewish Roots - and be able to successfully keep - His Torah Commandments and Laws. And that - He will bless you with the strength - to overcome - all the other issues - you have to deal with.

(5) Gila Perach Hirsh, February 10, 2019 6:46 PM

Gila Perach

My Israeli father saved a name for his firstborn girl, Gila. He gave me the second name Faith, and our family name was Perach. I was Gila Perach, or Happy Flower. I was later told that 'Gila' means 'Joy expressed' and so my translation changed to 'Rejoicing Flower'. I am told that I am filled with Joie d_vivre and that I electrify those around me with it. I am a flower, that needs the right soil (Israel) to bloom. Gd bless Israel, my home, signed Gila Perach (aka Mrs Hirsh), a new olah

(4) Malka, February 10, 2019 5:47 PM

My name translates as queen

I am told that I possess leadership qualities

(3) Raymond, February 10, 2019 4:27 PM

Not for Me to Say

My Hebrew name, Yerachmiel, roughly translated means Divine Compassion. It would not be proper for me to say whether or not I have such a quality, so I will leave that to others to decide that about me. Whatever the case, while my Hebrew name is not easy for most people to pronounce, I will admit that it has a most beautiful meaning.

Anonymous, February 12, 2019 5:21 AM


My full Hebrew name is Reuven Yerachmiel Dov-Ber.

Actually, Yerachmiel translate more closely to a prayer:
"May G-d show mercy to me."

I always feel that it's fitting.

(2) Anonymous, February 10, 2019 3:55 PM

Not really

The Hebrew name that I have is not the one I was suppose to be given. The name that I have translates to "Rose Lioness."

(1) Gershom, February 10, 2019 12:26 PM

I don't see that - ......

From the many celebrations I've been to - and the parents I know. I don't see that - a baby's name - was received as **a dose of prophesy**. As so many people - have agonized - over how - NOT - to insult family - and or a minhag/custom - of choosing a baby's name.

Just like the daily - monthly - etc., - astrology horoscope readings. Which have proven - could be for almost anyone - if you try hard enough to link them - to some sort of personality - character trait.

In studies that have been done - with random - blind tests. Almost anyone - can be selected to fit a character - or personality trait. Even though - the various astrology - horoscope details - were scrambled - and then posted - as if - they were correct for the specific - day - month - name - etc..

Given that - It has also been my experience that - yes - many people - have found some sort of character - personality trait - etc., - for the name chosen.

However - that has usually been - AFTER-THE-FACT - revelations - and brought up by - those who delve into - equating these events and names - to character traits - etc., etc..

**Of course the unprovable caveat to this** - is always that - G-D - may have caused it.
And that - I won't dispute. As ANYTHING - and EVERYTHING - is POSSIBLE - and can be caused by - G-D.

I'd like ABSOLUTE PROOF - not chance etc.. But - ABSOLUTE PROOF - that the name - and character traits - have a G-Dly connection.


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