Sunday, August 15, 2010


What Is Your Name?

by Reb Gutman Locks @ the path of the mystical

     When Jewish parents give names to their newborn children, Hashem sends them a hint of prophecy. The name that they will choose has already been allocated to that child in Heaven, and now the parents are coaxed into picking that same name. This means that each of us have Heavenly-ordained names that reflect our mission on Earth. Our names explain and define our potential, our individual uniqueness, our hope.

    Look carefully for the meaning of your Hebrew name to see if you are fulfilling your intended task. For instance, if your name is Avraham, your main defining characteristic is kindness. Even if you have not seen this to be true in your life up until now, you must ask yourself why were you given this name, and you must strive to develop this trait.

     Names have individual histories and meanings. Pay attention to the meaning of your name, or you may very well miss the point of your having been created you.


  1. I have a question and I hope you can asnwer it. It's about Ruth. Her name seemed to have been Ruth before and after conversion, there was never a name-change....

  2. Can you explain why rabbi's would add a vav to ones name. Thanks

  3. Gutman, one must also wait for the correct timing to fulfill the meaning of ones name. If one acts in haste, disaster.

  4. Out of curiosity, are double hebrew names counted as reflecting one's mission on earth, which includes a middle hebrew name like for example Nachon-Zion ben (parent's name) or Sholmo Moshe ben (parent's name)?

    Also, how much influance does a parent's own hebrew name or even surname have on a child?


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