Hebrew names are a kind of conversation between generations of the Jewish people with its extraordinary and unique past. Each name, imbued with often profound meaning, tells a distinct story, perhaps of love, perhaps of hope, perhaps of struggle. A name's meaning may derive from its association with a biblical story or as a linguistic metaphor. Either way, Hebrew names are powerful and have fascinated Jews since the biblical time.
Of course we all know how our names sound, but who hasn’t wondered why that particular name was chosen for us; what meaning lies behind it; and perhaps more profoundly, how our names have actually affected our lives? Each of our Hebrew names is a unique and meaningful thread in the colorful Jewish tapestry woven from the time of Abraham to today. Revealing this meaning connects us to our most special culture and past.
The book "The Haggada of the Hebrew Names" by Daliah Leshman, takes us on a fascinating journey in search for some answers to these questions by utilizing traditional Jewish sources, history and philosophy, as well as modern Jewish thought. "The Haggada of the Hebrew Names" is to be read, pondered and enjoyed by all; whether it is someone who is researching a name for an expecting parent, or simply someone curious about his or her name. The book is also a rich source of information to help find appropriate words with which to honor a friend or relative on a special occasion.
About the author
Daliah Leshman helps children with learning disorders develop linguistic skills. She draws on and integrates into her teaching knowledge from the world of education, Hebrew literature, bible study and Kabbalah. Daliah believes that every name has its own special, spiritual quality, the understanding of which can help each of us develops greater insights about who we are.
About the Artist
Meir Batz (1917-1979) was the chief civil engineer of the Negev from 1965 until his death. He was responsible for the planning of all cities and towns in the Negev as well as important infrastracture projects. He had a particular interest in developing the Med-Dead Canal, an ambitious idea to bring Mediterranean sea water via a canal to replenish the evaporating water of the Dead Sea. Batz arrived in Israel from Russia as a young by. He fell in love with the landscape, and it became a lifetime project to capture with watercolours the unique and special scenery and light of the Land of Israel.