Monday, September 6, 2010
YAEL - What's in a name?
I was not always called Yael. I chose this name for me together with my husband upon my arrival in Israel almost thirty years ago. Why? Because I liked its sound and its connotation and it suited me fine! The name given to me by my parents had the meaning of strength and power. From early childhood on I did not like my name at all (actually I hated it!) and I did not identify with it. When I had the opportunity to change it I gladly did!
So how about "Yael"? There is an opinion circulating regarding this name which says it means something like "strength of God", or "God is", or "God does" referring to the syllables Ya, as in Yaweh (God) and el as in Elohim (God). This is a mistake because of the Hebrew writing of Yael, it is jud, ain, lamed יעל which has none of the above meaning whatsoever. An Ibex, a Mountain Goat, eine Bergziege, this is the simple and beautiful meaning of my name Yael.
I was inspired to write this post by my blogger friend Inbar Bernstein - her birth name is a Hebrew name as well!
The photographs were taken by my husband near the Dead Sea.