Lech Lecha: Every person has a name

Lechol ish yesh shem
shenatan lo elohim
venatnu lo aviv ve’imo.

Every person has a name
which God gave him
and which his father and mother gave him

(by Zelda Schneurson Mishkovsky (1914-1984))

For all of us, our name is an important and delicate gift, we got from our parents. Not only does a name contribute to our identity, it also reflect religious, spiritual, traditional, and emotional dimensions, our parents had in mind, while choosing our name. It is possibly one of the most personal things about us, and yet we don’t choose it ourselves, regularly. To be honest, I think, we all do not often spend much time to reflect on it. We got the name from our parents, and we just “need to live” with it. Mehr lesen