Some people believe that when a child is born the angel of death and the angel of mercy stand in the room side by side. During the delivery of my baby I watched the monitor as her heart rate dropped…and lifted with every contraction. “The cord is wrapped around her neck,” the doctor said, “don’t worry this is very common.” In Hebrew the Malach Hamavet, the angel of death, is a warning. He is sent by God to show how precious life is. He is the angel who made himself known to David, Samuel… >> Read More
Rachel Bilson and husband Hayden Christensen had their first child last October, but we're only now getting the full scoop on how they chose their daughter's name, Briar Rose.
In a recent…interview to promote his new Lifetime movie, "90 Minutes in Heaven," Christensen explained that the name Briar Rose came from Disney's original "Sleeping Beauty" movie released in 1959 (which in turn got the name from The Brothers Grimm tale, "Little Briar Rose," but hey, who's counting?). READ: Check Out Kveller's Ultimate Jewish Baby Name Finder Christensen explained,… >> Read More
A child's name is significant in forming her identity; going through life as either Mackenzie or Maayan will probably affect her in many ways. Luckily, Jewish tradition offers some guidelines for how…to choose a meaningful name. All of these fall under the banner of custom or tradition--not law--so feel free to view the suggestions below as just that: suggestions. Pick what works for you. One Name or Two? Perhaps you--like many parents of Jewish kids in America--are looking to give your child both an English name… >> Read More
My mother always regretted my middle name--Amy. She rues not giving me Lewis, her maiden name, which, to be honest, would have been cool, a wink at masculinity; meaningful. Sarah was a given, she'd…known from childhood she would have a girl named Sarah. Sarah was for her mother who died, too young, when my mother was only 9. But, being a fairly typical Ashkenazi family, we had several Sarahs. My mother's choice allowed everyone to assume I was named for theirs. It made them happy, even if technically… >> Read More