Names are not for why we think #ukraine

Raanan S Isseroff <raanan1@...>

Norman Shalom,
If it is only a nice name, would you be so upset?
Yitteh or Yetta or Etta I believe are all the same name.
I have a g-grandmother Yita spelled: Yud-Vav-Tet-Ayin.

I hear a lot going back and forth about what names mean.
I know I will raise a few hackles with this, but I feel it must be said.
Our forebears did not put importance culturally to what the names
actually meant.
In fact few people I know, care what the name means.
Charna, Peshie, Ita etc
These names are important because they were names of family whom everyone
held in esteem.

The reason we name our children after our forebears, is that a bit of
what those people were is thereby drawn into our child. What a name
means meant nothing to those who named our forefathers. I see that this
is important to various people in our group, so I feel something must be
said in order not to misunderstand the kavonos (intent) of our revered
ancestors. Culturally, we are missing the point.

When a child is born, we want to preserve the name of our father, mother,
great grandmother beloved Rabbi, mentor or teacher etc, so we give the
child this name.
Kabbalistically, it is explained that a spark of that persons neshoma is
drawn into the child at the time of naming, this is why we avoid naming
children after infamous relatives (lo alaynu) who were the opposite of
being Tzaddikim.

It is also explained according to the mystical side of our heritage,
that the Hebrew letters that make up creation also make up each and every
As it says that the original 10 sayings that G-d used to create the world
are "Standing in the Heavens" (so to speak) They are constantly being
said and therefore the world is able to exist.

We each derive life >from these original 10 sayings (called Esarah
Ma'amaros). Everything in the world since then gets its "Chayos"
sustenance, >from these original 10 maamoros. Each name of a beast or
person is relavant as it guides to that person powers both physically and
spiritually to be able to live out a life in this world.

So it is very important what our names are as these give us kochos
(talents and abilities and mazal) in whatever the child will do in life.
The gematria (the number value) of what a name is, figures into this as
well as the combinations of letters funnel into each of us a very
specific life force in a regulated way.

The combination of what the gematria is, what the combined gematrias of
each Hebrew letter is and whom we named the child for make up who the
child will be and how much he will be drawn to good things in life (our
Torah!) and how much he will not be affected by the other things in life
which are the opposite of life (Lo Alaynu).

This is why when a child is sick, the parents add a name like "Alter".
(meaning "old one").
The mazal that was connected with the old name cannot find the person and
hopefully the sicknesses and other not good things as well will go their
Plus naming a child after a holy relative or revered Rabbi or somone from
the Torah, would then draw into the child a bit of whomever that person

We get a new mazal in a sense.
Our families lived very intense involved existances which had a very
mystical side to them. It is important to understand this when looking
at why someone was named for this one or that, because it was not

It is explained that when a parent names a child he is endowed at that
moment with Ruach HaKodesh (mystical foresite into the future) and the
name that this child is supposed to have and that the world has been
waiting for, since creation 5762 years ago is now brought down to connect
with the soul of the child in order to allow it to begin the mission it
was created for.....

Hope this was helpful,
Raanan S. Isseroff
Brooklyn, USA

On Sat, 30 Jun 2001 23:21:26 EDT NormKling@... writes:

I need help on a given name problem.

I have an article about my great grandmother translated >from Hebrew
in which
her given name is "Bayleh-Yitteh." Does anyone know what Yitteh is?
believe it isn't a surname because the article gives the surname of
her son
as RUSSIE and because the author/translator always hyphenated the
two names.
I couldn't find it in the list of female given names in the listing
on the
Avotaynu web site >from Alexander Bieder's new book on Ashkenazic
given names.
The shtetl she lived in was Alexendryia near Rovno.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Norman Kling
St. Louis, MO

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