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Name Games

Rabbi Nachman Zakon

Names are our identity. Let’s discover more about our names — where they come from and what they mean. Welcome to the fascinating world of Jewish names. With close to 100 names in this feature, your name may very well be here. Try to find yourself and your best friend!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

babyIt’s a Boy!

A Jewish boy gets his name at his bris. If the boy is from an Ashkenazic family he’ll probably be named after a family member who passed away or a famous tzaddik. Sephardim do this too, but they also name their babies after people who are still living. Sephardim believe that naming a child for a living person shows him or her great honor.

Some popular boys’ names come from the animal kingdom. (And no, that doesn’t mean your little brother belongs in a zoo!)

Aryeh or Leib: “lion”

Zev: “wolf”

Dov Ber: “bear”

Tzvi, Hirsch, and Hershel: “deer”

 

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