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  • The origins and meaning of Ashkenazic last names

    January 14, 2014 | 2:44 pm

    This piece originally ran on jewishcurrents.org.

    Ashkenazic Jews were among the last Europeans to take family names.  Some German speaking Jews took last names as early as the 17th century, but the overwhelming majority of Jews lived in Eastern Europe and did not take last...

  • Feeds and Reads: Jewish stars react to royal baby

    July 23, 2013 | 10:13 am

    Mazel tov to Prince William and Duchess Kate on the birth of their first child! The little guy arrived at 4:24 pm local time yesterday in the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, weighing in at 8 pounds, 6 ounces.

    No name yet (it’s doubtful they’re waiting a full week to...

  • Portman baby’s name reportedly is Aleph

    July 7, 2011 | 10:48 am

    The baby boy born last month to Jewish actress Natalie Portman and her fiance Benjamin Millepied reportedly was named Aleph.

    The name was reported Wednesday by People magazine, citing an unnamed source. Portman’s representatives have not confirmed the name.

    Aleph is the first...

  • We got Apples and Oranges and Pears, Oh My!

    By Julia Bendis

    April 28, 2011 | 3:33 pm

    Watching Chelsea Handler the other night made me think of all the idiotic names parents give their children these days.  You might have guessed by that intro that she had none other than Gwyneth Paltrow as a guest on her show.  As Chelsea asked about her daughter Apple, I couldn’t...

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  • Being the Mrs.

    By Mrs. Shoshana F

    February 27, 2008 | 4:06 pm

    Last Monday I had a slight identity crisis. I was at a temple Sisterhood meeting when a file folder was passed around. If you owed money for ordering birthday and anniversary cards, you looked up your name, noted the balance due and put in a check.

    When the folder reached me, I...

  • What did you say your name was?

    By Leisah Woldoff

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    After the ceremony and after the reception, when all the guests have gone and the tables are cleared, there you are: Mr. and Mrs.
     
    The next morning, the groom wakes up with his name intact. However, the bride wakes up with a different identity.
     
    Every few days during the wedding...
  • Hey Kids!

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    What's Your Name?

    Welcome. On the last Friday of every month, this page belongs to the kids of Jewish Los Angeles, so we'd like you to name this page. Please send your ideas to kids@jewishjournal.com, with the subject line: New Name. We'll pick the best one, and you'll get all the...

  • Hey Kids!

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    It's Your World

    Welcome to your page in The Jewish Journal. The last Friday of every month belongs to the kids of Jewish Los Angeles. In honor of the New Year and new look of this page, we want you to come up with a new name for it. Please send your ideas to kids@jewishjournal.com...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Upside-Down Holiday

    "Vanahafochu!" This is Purim's most important word. It means: "And everything was turned upside down!" That is the story and the message of Purim. The people who were victims became victors; the servant became the master; the Jewish girl became a queen.

    Esther's...

  • What’s in a Name?

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    When Jews come across the biblical name for God -- spelled yod-hay-vav-hay in Hebrew -- custom teaches us to substitute the term Adonai ("my Lord"), for according to Jewish tradition those letters are the unpronounceable name of God. A rabbi professor of mine used to elicit nervous...

  • What’s In a Name?

    By Rob Eshman

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    I check surnames. It's a reflex, and I can't help it. If you're like most Jews I know, you do it too. You can't help but wonder, for instance, if some of the people at the center of the latest financial scandals are Jewish or not. We kvell at Shawn Green and cringe at Andrew Fastow,...

  • I’ve Heard That Name Before

    By Gaby Wenig

    September 19, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Call up a Los Angeles City Council or Board of Supervisors office these days and you are likely to speak to someone called Adina, Adeena or Adena. It doesn't matter if you are calling the office of Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky (3rd District) or the council offices of Cindy Miscikowski...

  • What’s in a Name?

    By Michael Aushenker

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Eric, Matt and Chris are three musicians who refuse to give away their last names. But if you guessed it was out of a lack of ethnic pride, you'd be wrong.

    "I'm a pretty high-profile Jew, whether I like it or not," says singer-songwriter Eric. "It's hard to hide when you're in a...

  • The Name Game

    By Teresa Strasser

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When we were little, my brother and I realized that whenever we asked if someone was Jewish, my mother would answer by simply repeating their name, as if that said it all.

    "Irving Fishbaum? Ira and Esther Lefkowitz? C'mon."

    We decided to see if we could induce this behavior and...

  • Dear Rabbi

    By Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Naming a Child in an Interfaith Marriage

    Dear Rabbi,

    I was brought up practicing the Jewish faith. While I have not continued the practice as an adult, I do plan on being more proactive with my beliefs. My husband is Protestant and we are currently expecting our second child....

  • What is Your Name?

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    God created the animals and brought them, one by one, before man to see what he would name them. Man examined the essence of each creature and assigned its name. So teaches Genesis.

    The midrash goes farther: When all the animals had been named, God asked man, "What is your name?"...

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