Often times, when expecting Jewish American parents are thinking of baby names, they tend to focus on popular names here in the U.S. But what about using Jewish names that are popular in Israel? It…could be a great way to find a name that's less common in the States, giving your baby something special and unique. When it comes to the most popular Jewish baby names in the U.S. versus Israel, there is some overlap of course, but not as much as you'd think (Noam, for instance, is one of… >> Read More
A little over two years ago on October 10, 2015, I gave birth to my first child, a girl. Named after my two grandmothers, Helen and Rose, she was the first proof for me that the past lives on into…the future. With all my faith in Judaism, mysticism, and everything holy, I didn’t know that I truly believed in miracles until Helen came into the world. So two years later on December 10th, 2017, my second daughter was born, proving once again that the universe is full of surprises. It’s true what people say:… >> Read More
Last week, my son’s elementary school hosted its winter band and choral concert. While waiting for the fifth and sixth grade musicians to finish tuning their instruments, I scanned the brightly…colored program to find my son’s name misspelled. Instead of Ben Marx, he was now mistakenly dubbed “Ben Tharx.” After the concert, I reassured my chagrined son that “The Tharx” sounded like a superhero — possibly one who seeks justice for the downtrodden using his “tharxian” powers, whatever they might be (but likely involving a… >> Read More
A week before my conversion, I received a call from my rabbi. “You need to give me a name,” she said. “I can’t have you go to the Beit Din without a name.”
My mind went straight to…“Devorah,” as it had so many times throughout the year I was studying for my conversion. I didn’t like the name — for me, anyway — and yet, I found myself inexplicably drawn to it. I felt more like a Rivka or an Arielle, something short and sweet. I consider myself light and airy, always… >> Read More
Many of us dislike winter, but that doesn't mean you can't find ways to celebrate it — and that's especially true if you are having a baby during these chilly months.
So why not celebrate both…the season and your bundle of joy? These are our top picks for Jewish baby names that are (loosely) inspired by winter. And, while you're at it, don’t forget to check out our baby naming guide for even more inspiration. Here's some favorites: 1. Jesse. Jesse is a Hebrew boys' name meaning "gift." In a season where… >> Read More