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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

44—Friday, April 21, 1967

Choosing a Hebrew Name

By RIVA FRANK
How would you like to have a
name that means "one which
brightens?" Well, if your first
name is Mayer or Meyer, that's
what it does.
And how would you like to have
a name that means, "a delight?"
Well, if your first name is Adina.
that's what it means.
'Both are, of course, Hebrew
names and in this modern age,
it still is certainly not difficult to
choose a Hebrew name which will
be significant to the child and
important for the family, too. After
all, a first name is carried
throughout life. As one writer-
philosopher once said, "one should
be named after somebody or
something, else a name is really
only an empty breath."
How does one choose a name?
By and large, it is to honor an-
other person, a grandparent, rela-
tive or friend who has passed
away. The Hebrew law is that we
should not name a child after a
living person. On the other hand,
Sephardic Jews may name a child
after a grandfather, for example,
even if the grandfather is living,
we are told.
In Israel, a common practice is
to give a child as his first name
—the name of a tree, or fruit or
animal. And these Hebrew names
sound good, too. For instance,
we have:

Tamar—a date (a girl's name)
o n a —a pomegranate (a girl's name)
K
Ilan—a tree (a bin's name)
Ayala—a lion (a boy's name)
Shoshana—a rose (a girl', name)
Cannella—Mt. Carmel (a girl's name)
Margolit—a pearl (a girl', name)
Bad:is...a/1—a myrtle (a girl's name)
•i , la-a deer (a girl's name)

With the establishment of the
State of Israel. many Americans
have followed the Israeli practice
and given their children Hebrew
names which are common in Is-
rael. Here are a few of these:—
Zahava. gold; Yaffa, pretty; Tzi-
porah, a bird: Lavana, moon; Rina
and Gila. joy; and Dafna, a laurel.
David in Hebrew means beloved.
He was the mighty warrior and
poet. Deborah, which in Hebrew
means a bee, was also a mighty

warrior of Israel. Isaac, Abraham's
son, in Hebrew means laughter;
Moses, drawn from the river.
Many Israelis name their chil-
dren after one of the 12 tribes of
Israel: Dan, Benjamin, Reuben,
Gad, Simeon, Menashe, Judah,
Zebulun, Naphtali, Asher, Issachar
and Ephraim.
We did some research and came
up with some common, some un-
common Hebrew and Yiddish
names:

Ben Zion—Son of Zion
Benjamin—a son of the right hand
Nathan—Ile gave
Levi—joined
Leban—white
Ziona—daughter of Zion
Ezra—a helper
Boaz—strength and swiftness
Ethan—strength and power
Alma—maiden. fair
Ann—gracious, merciful
Bathsheba—daughter of an oath
DeLilah—delicate, poor
Dina—she who is judged
Eva—a mother of life
Ilephzibah—my delight
Nlindel—comforter (Yiddish)
Salome—peaceful
Judith—she who praises, same for Judy
Ruth—a friend, beloved
Jesse—wealthy gift
Joseph—he will add
Simeon—hear
Chayim—life
Ephraim—fruitful, same for Efraim
Abba and Abraham—father
Ittamar—island of palm
Rica—maiden
Jethro—riches
Menachem—comforts
Nanhtali—struggled
Kalman—merciful
Aviva—spring
Davida—love
Hanna—grace
Tova—goodly
Mazel—lurk
Naomi—sweet

People Make News

PAUL S. STERN has recently
joined the investment banking
firm of Paine, Webber, Jackson
and Curtis, members of the New
York Stock Exchange. Stern, a
native Detroiter, attended Mum-
ford High School, the University
of Michigan and Wayne State Uni-
versity, where he majored in busi-
ness and economics. He was an ac-
tive leader and participant in Adas
Shalom United Synagogue Youth,
Leader's Training Fellowship. Ste-
phen Wise AZA, Adas Shalom
youth congregation and the Adas
Shalom Youth Choir. He received
the National Federation of Jewish
Men's Clubs Award for outstanding
participation and aehietement in
Jewish youth activities and. in
1956, he was runner-up for the
Mildred Simons Rosenberg Award.
presented to the outstanding Jew-
ish boy and girl in the community.
Stern served the Bnai Brith Hillel
Foundation in Ann Arbor by acting
as cantor for High Holiday reli-
gious services for five years. and
he served as cantor for the Beth
Israel Congregation in Ann Arbor.
• • *

The Michigan Civil Rights Com-
mission announced the appoint-
ment of Mrs. JOYCE GARRETT
as assistant to commission Execu-
tive Director Burton I, Gordin.
• • *
The appointment of Rabbi ISI-
There are many who name DORO AIZENBERG to be the
their children after the Prophets first professional worker employed
who gave us a moral way of life by Bnai Brith for youth work in
that has allowed us to live as a Latin America was announced by
people for thousands of years . Juan Plant, president of the Latin
Here are some: Joshua, Samuel. American Bnai Brith District. The
Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Hosea. rabbi will serve in Caracas. Vene-
Nahu m, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, zuela, as director of the Bnai Brith
Haggai, Jonah, Zachariah and Youth Organization, in addition to
Micah.
work on other Bnai Brith projects.
Also from the Bible: Ruth.
Rabbi Aizenberg. a native of
Esther, Daniel, Nehemiah and
Ezra; Rebecca, a snare; Aaron. a
mountain; Saul, asked of the Lord;
Israel, contended with God.
We can suggest an excellent
book, "What's Your Name," a
dictionary of names compiled by
Solomon Colodner and published
By Ahad Ha-Am
by Bloch Publishing Co.
When I read the Hagada on
the eve of Passover, and the spirit
of Moses, the son of Amram. that
supremest of heroes, who stands
like a pillar of light on the thresh-
24687 Rensselaer, Oak Park, a son old of our history, hovers before
me and lifts me out of this nether
Stanford Sean.
world, I am quite oblivious of all
• • •
April 7 — To Mr. and Mrs. , the doubts and questions pro-
Leonard Siegal (Bluma Sussman), pounded by non-Jewish critics. I
19424 Robson, a son. Eric Matthew. care not whether this man Moses
really existed; whether his life
• • •
April 4—To Mr. and Mrs. David and his activity r e ally corre-
Steinhardt (Elaine Schultz), 26050 sponded to our traditional account
Radclift. Oak Park, a son, Stephen of him; whether he was really the
saviour of Israel and gave his
Michael.
• • •
people the Law in the form in
April 3 — To Mr. and Mrs. which it is preserved among us;
Hyman Irving Heller (Mary Bakst) and so forth. I have one short and
formerly of Detroit, of New York, simple answer for all these conun-
drums. This Moses, I say, this man
a son, Lance Bryan.
• • •
of old time, whose existence and
March 30 — To Mr. and Mrs. character you are trying to eluci-
Daniel M. Newinan (Elaine Dob- date, matters to nobody but
ruskin), 14811 Lincoln, Oak Park, scholars like you. We have an-
other Moses of our own, whose
a son, Joshua Mark.
• • •
image has been enshrined in the
March 29 — To Dr. and Mrs. hearts of the Jewish people for
Sheldon Salinger (Sandra Katch- generations, and whose influence
i er), former Detroiters of Sunny- on our national life has never
vale, Calif., a daughter, Karen ceased from ancient times till the
present day. The existence of this
Natalie.
• • •
Moses, as an historical fact, de-
March 27 — To Mr. and Mrs. pends in no way on your investiga-
Paul Novak (Judith Wolovits), tions. For even if you succeed in
24310 Manistee. Oak Park, a son, demonstrating conclusively that
Mark Lawrence.
the man Moses never existed, or
• • •
March 19 — To Mr. and Mrs. that he was not such a man as we
Arnold M. Gold (Sharon Wein- supposed you would not thereby
berg), formerly of Detroit. now detract one jot from the historical
of Los Anegeles, a daughter, Hil- reality of the ideal Moses — the
Moses who has been our leader not
ary Elisa.
only for 40 years in the wilderness
• • •
March 14 — To Mr. and Mrs. of Sinai, but for thousands of
Herbert Silverman IFaye Mil- years in all the wildernesses in
stein), 19226 Lahser, a son, David which we have wandered since the
Exodus.
Harris.

Passover and
the Moses Saga

Oirth Ainouncements

April 9---To Mr. and Mrs. Mich-
ael Grand (Rosalind Kirzner), 631
Orleans, a daughter, Lydia Gayle.
• • •
April 8 — To Mr. and Mrs.
Marvin Katz (Naomi Landsman),
27156 Sutherland, Southfield, a
son, Steven Selig,
• • •
April 7 — To Mr. and Mrs.
Mike Gordon (Karen Eishtadt).
29234 Fairfax, Southfield, a daugh-
ter. Staci Michelle.
• * •
April 7 — To Mr. and Mrs.
Harold F. Safron (Sandra Stearn).

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• • •
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