Saturday, May 13, 2017

New Names New Identity

Yitzhak Shamir was born Yitzhak Yezernitsky

Shimon Peres was born Szymon Perski

Golda Meir was born Golda Mabovitch

David Ben-Gurion was born David Grün

Levi Eshkol was born Levi Shkolnik

Yigal Allon was born Yigal Peikowitz

Yitzhak Ben-Zvi was the son of Zvi Shimshelevich who changed his name to Shimsi

Moshe Sharett was born Moshe Shertok

Why the name changes? Was it part of the excitement of returning to the land and a new identity that came with it? Was it a shaking off of the residue of bad treatment by the gentiles in golus and names, that while Jewish in a way, had gentile origins? Was it part of a complete departure from the past including that of mitzvah observance and traditional Jewish identity?

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