Jewish People are Connected: An Amazing True Story

How a baby-naming united hearts and transcended borders.

Comments (17)

(13) Keith, UK, December 23, 2017 6:42 PM


There is no such thing as coincidence... EVERYTHING has a meaning... G-d is always in command... Often we can't see it... but sometimes we can!... Toda rabah Adonai

(12) Nancy, December 22, 2017 6:35 PM

A very special story indeed

Thank you for sharing.

(11) Netanel Baruch ben Mordechai Shomei, December 21, 2017 9:53 PM

Wonderful Story

Wow, I will be sharing this with my wife and family as soon as I get home! Thank you for such a wonderful and meaningful story! May G-d Bless all of them!

(10) Rut Brea de la Vega, July 24, 2017 4:55 PM

Jews are connected

After listening to this video I most say: Yes, the Hebrews are connected, if not in culture, because of the different places Hashem, blessed is He, has brought us around the world for different circumstances, we, as a people of G-d are connected. I found out about it 7 years ago, when I didn't even knew that I was a descendant of the Sephardim from Spain, Yemen, France, and Austria. When I became and American citizen, I changed my name to Rut. It was in me, in my soul. That name represents something I do not know yet, but after researching I found out about the lost of my heritage because of the persecution. Hashem, blessed is He, have united us in spirit and truth. No matter what anybody say, or think, or the differences in culture we have, the Jewish soul is a Jewish soul and no one can change that fact. The pain that the Jewish people go through, I go through. It will be until we are reunited again in Hashem's, blessed is He, Kingdom to come. B"H

(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..

(5) Devorah, March 15, 2016 5:49 PM

Touching story

I would have named the baby after the Grandfather, but a Mother has a 6th sense about such things. She named the child by what she saw in him. I did the same when I named mine, bypassing all previously chosen names.

Anonymous, March 16, 2016 6:33 PM

True but...

Not just a sixth sense. G-d gives parents ruach hakodesh (divine inspiration) when naming their child!

Sharon, March 17, 2016 4:39 PM

what's missing

This is such an overwhelmingly male oriented clip that I found it at last painful to watch! But, I wish the happy parents great joy with their new son whose name truly is an amazement.

(4) ruth housman, March 15, 2016 4:21 PM

I was meant to see this Story and I was meant to share

as share is to dear, as dear is to deer, as LOVE is to Rising, as Rising is to Rise up and Sing, and Dancing is to my son, Daniel, Dan Sing, because we did not write this Story, but we all get to Right this Story. And I have sent a zillion emails to Jewish sites around the world forever and a DEI, and DEI is Latin for OF GOD. And OF is AV in Hebrew, meaning Father, and I am considerate in all that I do, so maybe, just maybe, it's time to open that Book and read IT again, The Book of Ruth, in truth/ruth consider, con SIDDUR, a holy book, a chapter and a verse, as in universe, ONE VERSE, not me, versus you, but the ENTIRE WORLD.

(3) Shoshana-Jerusalem, March 15, 2016 11:46 AM


Very beautiful and touching. But I hope they'll name their next one David Chai.

Their father seems to be a very special, tactful and kind person. He surely wanted them to name after his father and refrained from saying so directly, even though they had asked him, and he had a legitimate opening to express this.

Too bad that they hadn't heard the story of the full names before the bris, maybe they would have named after their grandfather.

Tiferet, March 16, 2016 9:38 AM

A Beautiful Story

I also hope that they will name their next son Dovid Chai. What a beautiful story. I cried all through reading it. They, including their son, will forever have a connection with this family of Natanel and Yaacov.

(2) Reuven Frank, March 14, 2016 8:28 PM

Chills and Tears

OMG. First, I got the chills, from my neck to my toes.
Then, I started to cry, and I haven't stopped yet

There is no GOD?!?!?

(1) Yisroel, March 14, 2016 4:28 PM


Very touching! Am echad ...lev echad! If only we understood....


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