My Hebrew Birthday is:
3 Nisan (5727)
The Torah Reading for that Shabbat was:
M’tzora (Leviticus 14 – 15)
This Torah portion discusses aspects of spiritual purity, as relating to one’s home, one’s clothes and one’s body.
On this Date in the Jewish Calendar:
Preparations for Passover
The days leading up to Passover are filled with activity, as we clean out our homes of all bread and leaven, and prepare ourselves spiritually for the Passover Seder, where we relive the Exodus from Egypt.
On this Date in Jewish History:
In 1944, the Nazis perpetrated the Children’s Action in the Kovno Ghetto. That day and the next, German soldiers conducted house-to-house searches to round up all children under age 12 (and adults over 55) — and sent them to their deaths at Fort IX. Eventually, the Germans blew up every house with grenades and dynamite, on suspicion that Jews might be in hiding in underground bunkers. They then poured gasoline over much of the former ghetto and incinerated it. Of the 37,000 Jews in Kovno before the Holocaust, less than 10 percent survived. One of the survivors was Rabbi Ephraim Oshri, who later published a stirring collection of rabbinical responsa, detailing his life-and-death decisions during the Holocaust. Also on this date, in 1937, American Jews held a massive anti-Nazi rally in New York City’s Madison Square Garden.
Regarding your Hebrew name:
Our sages explain that a name is not just a convenient way to refer to somebody. Rather, one’s name reveals something about the essence of the person.
Before choosing a Hebrew name that is meaningful to you, you should do a little detective work first. There is a possibility that you already have a Hebrew name. Especially boys who have had a circumcision (bris); as part of the ceremony a name is given to the infant. If your parents cannot be queried, try asking some of your older relatives who might remember.
Also, it is quite common that you were named for a relative, and the first letter of your English name matches their name. For example, someone named Martin could have been named for a grandfather named Moshe.
There is another circumstance to keep in mind as well. Some names are already really Hebrew names. Samuel is just the English way of saying the Hebrew name Shmuel, and Rebecca is really Rivka.
If all your research does not turn up anything, then do not despair. You can just pick a name that suits you, and after you use it, it becomes your name. Here are some traditional guidelines to follow:
Ashkenazi Jews can be named after a deceased relative. (Sefardi Jews also name after living relatives.) If you have a relative who would be a good role model, and for whom you have a special affinity, then that it is a good choice of a name. This keeps the person’s name and memory alive, and in a metaphysical way forms a bond between your soul and the deceased relative. This is a great honor to the deceased, because its soul can achieve an elevation based on the good deeds of the namesake. You, meanwhile, can be inspired by the good qualities of the deceased — and make a deep connection to the past.
Another idea is to review the Torah portion of the week you were born, and see if any names mentioned there resonates with you.
Alternatively, if there is name related to the time of year you were born, then that is also a good source. For example, someone born around the holiday of Purim could take the name of the heroes of the Megillah — Esther for a girl and Mordechai for a boy.
Finally, try contacting your local Aish branch for some rabbinic guidance about choosing an appropriate name.
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