lots of videos are showing up "watch this video on *tumblrs name*" and i dont know why,,, its kinda annoying tbh, does anyone know whats up?
Yeah, it’s really annoying. I hate seeing all these broken videos. It seems to only be happening to the Instagram videos so it could be like a content ownership type thing. Idk, that’s the running theory anyway. It doesn’t make sense considering most people source everything anyway
How does anyone ever pick their Hebrew name? I keep seeing all these names that are really pretty, but I don't know, I just can't see them for myself.
Anon, I empathize with you 100%. In the seven days leading up to my mikvah immersion, I changed my Hebrew name three times. Before that I had at least five serious options and another dozen potentials. It’s tough.
First, here are some sources. If you’re looking for a list of potential names, I really like BehindTheName as opposed to most baby name sites, because it lists the original Hebrew/Yiddish form as opposed to modern derivations. (Elisheva instead of Elizabeth, for example.) AllHebrewNames is also great because it lists modern Hebrew names as well, and has a “popularity” meter, although it does have so many names that it might get overwhelming; also, there are some names that it has absolutely no info on.
Now, for my personal advice. I found a whole bunch of names that I really liked, but it was hard for me, too, to find one that fit me. What changed was in the last few weeks when I shifted my point of view. I had started with “what do I like about Judaism? what do I like in a name?” That brought me to a lot of great names–women in the Tanakh whose stories I admired, and prophetesses, because I liked having wise women in my tradition. But I couldn’t tell if I felt like a Devorah, Ruth, Miriam, Michal, Channah, or Hadassah.
Ultimately, I ended up asking a more personal question. Not “what do I like about Judaism?” but “what is Judaism to me?” And immediately, one of the first things I thought of was prayer. Because as much as I love Judaism’s ethics, the first thing that clicked for me was when I attended Shabbat services and got swept up in the prayers. Channah and Devorah had been in my top two; I settled on Channah, because I felt more like someone who prayed than someone who led troops into battle.
Because I’m indecisive, I also wanted a second name, and for that, I wanted something that honored my status as a ger; I didn’t like Naomi or Ruth, so I started thinking about other ways to represent the conversion process, and I thought of the mikvah and decided I wanted a name related to water. For that, I went to my rabbi for help; I wasn’t a huge fan of Miriam or Mayim, so he suggested a few other women in the Tanakh whose stories included water, and I settled on Rivka. (I also happened to love the name Rivka, but didn’t think it fit me by itself.)
So that’s my advice. Instead of trying to find yourself in the overwhelming sea of Jewish names, try finding a Jewish name in yourself. As ridiculously cheesy as that sounds.