Category: Israeli baby names

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Name Sage: A Brother for Noa and Talia

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Inbal writes:

Our baby boy is due in two weeks and we are running out of time!

We have two daughters – Noa who is 10 and Talia who is 7. We live in Toronto, Canada. I’m Israeli and my husband is of Indian origin. We are raising our kids Jewish and are looking for a modern secular Israeli/international name that is pronounceable by people here.

As our daughters are older, they want to be involved in the name choosing, which I love in concept, but it makes it much, much harder to come up with names we all love that meet our criteria. My husband and I love Elliot (even though it isn’t an Israeli name, we could nickname him Eli), but the girls HATE it. We like Yonatan and Eitan best as Israeli names but are unsure about pronunciation/fit here – what do you think? Uri is a favorite of mine but totally unpronounceable here. We all love Ben but not sure if its substantial enough by itself. Benjamin is nice but a little too traditional and not so Israeli. We also like Daniel and Ariel but again these seem traditional. Ely is taken by a good friend. And finally, Micha (but I pronounce it the Israeli way and I don’t love the North American pronunciation).

We would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. Thanks!

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Happy Hanukkah Baby Names

Happy Hanukkah names

By Hannah Katsman

We recently posted a blog about modern Hebrew names used in Israel; now, on the eve of Hanukkah, we turn to our Israeli correspondent Hannah Katsman, for a little history of the holiday and eight traditional names—one for each day of the holiday– that are still popular, with their standing on the latest lists.

This year, the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah falls on Sunday evening, December 6th, and continues until nightfall on Monday, December 13.

Hanukkah celebrates the victory of the Jewish people, led by the Maccabee family, over the Greeks who had defiled the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. According to tradition, only one bottle of pure oil was found to light the menorah (candelabra), yet it miraculously lasted for eight nights. Hanukkah also commemorates the spiritual victory over the materialistic, Hellenistic culture.  Traditional foods include potato pancakes and jelly doughnuts, both fried in oil.

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Israeli Baby Names: Noa, Noam and Tamar

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By Emily Cardoza, Nothing Like a Name

Names with Hebrew origins are very popular in the US – Ethan, Noah, Abigail, Sarah – so why not check out some more modern Hebrew choices? Because Israel splits up its statistics by religion, this post will be about Jewish names – perhaps Muslim and Christian posts will follow.  Here are some of the most usable.

Boys

Noam
An excellent alternative to NoahNoam is somewhat more substantial and has a great meaning – “pleasantness, charm.” Quite a few famous Noams have popped up in history, and it’s particularly associated with the distinguished linguist Noam Chomsky.

Ori
Ori is the perfect male complement to the more feminine Ari. It means “my light,” a lovely meaning for any little one. If it seems a bit short, you might try it as a nickname for Orion or Orlando.

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By Hannah Katsman, A Mother in Israel

The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah falls on Wednesday evening, November 27 in 2013–coinciding with the American Thanksgiving–and continues until nightfall on Thursday, December 5.

Hanukkah celebrates the victory of the Jewish people, led by the Maccabee family, over the Greeks who had defiled the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. According to tradition, only one bottle of pure oil was found to light the menorah (candelabra), yet it miraculously lasted for eight nights. Hanukkah also commemorates the spiritual victory over the materialistic, Hellenistic culture.  Traditional foods include potato pancakes and jelly doughnuts, both fried in oil.

With eight nights of candle-lighting, we have eight chances to choose a terrific Hanukkah name.

In honor of the holiday, here are eight popular Israeli baby name ideas. The numbers reflect the popularity in Israel for boys or girls in 2012.

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In honor of Passover, we invited Israel-based Hannah Katsman to guest blog on Jewish baby names appropriate to this meaningful holiday, many of which are popular in Israel today.

Passover, which falls this year on March 25th to April 2nd, commemorates the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt. Passover is also the holiday of spring, and so provides parents with a wide variety of themes for naming babies.

Passover names fall into two groups—traditional names, including Biblical figures from the Passover story, and more modern names reflecting seasonal themes.

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