Many people aren't happy with the name that their parents give them, for all sorts of reasons. The bottom line is that it's their life, and they want to do what makes them happy. Mom might have loved the name of Beatrice and maybe Dad thought that Seymour was a distinguished name, but why should their kids be stuck with a name that makes them miserable? Shouldn't they be allowed the free choice of changing their own name? What are the ramifications of a name change?
The Torah certainly allows one to change his or her name. Indeed, our sages point out that a change of name invokes a change of good fortune.
Also, check out my commentary on this week's Torah portion, Emor. The Torah asks how we look at ourselves: Jew or Jewish?
Today, Monday, April 28, is Holocaust Day. You can read about what happened to my mother, may Hashem bless her, in The Pin Cushion.
Also featured this week:
Rabbi Shalom Arush - Encouraging Our Children
Dr. Zev Ballen - Jacob
Yael Karni - The Invisible Guest
Editor's Choice: Mickey and Miley by Racheli Reckles - learn who your children's TV heroes really are.
Have a wonderful week with bright Beams blessings!