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  • Vayishlach: You name it

    3 weeks ago

    Something very strange happens at the juncture of last week’s parsha (Vayetze) and this week’s (Vayishlach). In the last verse of Veyetze (Genesis 32:3), Jacob saw angels and said, “This is the camp of God” – and he named the place Machanayim, which means “two camps.”

    Five verses...

  • Noa, Noam most popular names for Jewish babies in Israel

    December 2, 2013 | 2:41 pm

    Noa for girls and Noam for boys were the most popular names for Jewish babies born in Israel in 2012.

    Israel’s Central Bureau for Statistics released the list of names Monday.

    Noa, of biblical origin, was followed in order by Shira, which means song; Tamar, a biblical name and...

  • Garcetti

    By Elliot Steingart

    March 1, 2013 | 2:25 pm

    I am obsessed with names.  Since 8th grade I have kept a Great Name List;  a partial list is here: http://greatnamelist.wordpress.com/

    Most of the names on the list are hockey stars like Alex Pietrengelo, Marty St. Louis, Corey Conacher, the Canisius College, Golden Griffin. I...

  • Grandma Who?

    March 25, 2009 | 4:41 am

    Growing up, I called my grandmother Grandma.

    We were Jewish, but also American. There was never any question but that my grandma would be Grandma. Even if she was born in the Old Country and, like all my friends and all their grandparents, spoke with a Yiddish accent. I used to...

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  • Big list o’ Jewish Olympians

    August 5, 2008 | 4:50 pm


    Dara Torres on the Today Show, August 7, 2008



    NEW YORK (JTA)—The following is a list of known Jewish athletes competing in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing:

    United States

    Fencing, Women
    Sada Jacobson, saber

    Kayaking
    Rami Zur, 500-meter individual

    Swimming, Men
    Jason Lezak,...

  • Your Inner Joseph

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Each of us lives a spiritual journey. One of greatest tasks in life is to know our journey, to understand its contours and what it demands of us. The Torah teaches us these journeys, these paths into our center.

    As Genesis ends this week with Vayechi, Jacob pronounces blessings for...

  • Becoming a Nephew

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Today, I am a nephew. Last weekend, the names of more than 3 million persons murdered in the Holocaust were posted on the Internet as part of a searchable database created by Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

    Yad Vashem was established in 1950 by an act of the Knesset, the Israeli...

  • A Blessing for the Father

    By Rabbi Eli Hecht

    June 17, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A few months ago I flew from Long Beach to Brooklyn. It was a long, sad and lonely trip. A few days earlier, my mother had turned 82 years old and was looking forward to a special birthday, when tragedy struck. A fire broke out in her home. Quickly, her life was taken by fire and...

  • What’s Portuguese for Cohen?

    By Marcus Moraes

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    A major new tool can help Brazilians learn about their possible Iberian Jewish origins: the "Dictionary of Sephardic Surnames," a 528-page tome featuring some 17,000 surnames of Sephardic Jewish families from Portugal, Spain and Italy and their descendants.

    Written in Portuguese and...

  • Time to Go

    By Abby Gilad

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    This week we start a new book of the Torah -- Shemot or Exodus. The word shemot means names, because we start out by naming all the descendants of Jacob who came down to Egypt. But the word exodus means going out (just like the word exit). In this book we will learn about how the...

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