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Parenting from the Parsha- Parshat Lech Lecha- Whats in a Name?

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Nov 2, 2022
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One theme that courses beneath the narratives of Sefer Bereishit is the theme of names. From the day of creation- when Hashem gives names to day, night, heaven and earth- to Adam HaRishon’s naming of all the animals on earth, to the names that parents give to their children across the generations- naming plays a prominent role throughout this Sefer and beyond… Yet in this week’s parsha, names play an even more prominent role. For the first time, G-d changes a person’s name- as He changes Avram’s name to Avraham and Sarai’s name to Sarah. In addition, twice in our Parsha Hashem tells parents what to name their sons- Hagar is told to name her son Yishmael and Avraham is told to name his son Yitzchak. Why does G-d play a much more active role in the process of naming in this week’s parsha?

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Learning on the Marcos and Adina Katz YUTorah site is sponsored today by Ruth Peyser Kestenbaum and Miriam & Alan Goldberg to mark the tenth yahrtzeit of their father, Irwin Peyser, Harav Yisroel Chaim ben R' Dovid V' Fraidah Raizel Peyser and by Esti Shulman in memory of her father R' Jacob Rabinowitz, who was Dean at YU for many years and by the Tirschwell, Albert, Abrams, Frankel, and Azar families as a zechus for a refuah shleimah for עקיבא אליהו בן נעמי