Judaism believes that one’s name has an influence on their destiny as can be seen when God changed Avram’s name to Avraham. In Hebrew, ‘Av Ram’ means father of Aram. Avram was born in the city of Aram Naharayim. His original name indicated that although he was a spiritual and intellectual giant, his leadership would be limited to those living within close proximity to him. When God added the ה (hey) to Avram’s name, his name became Avraham meaning “father of a multitude of nations.” At this point in Avraham’s life it became clear that his mission was not just to influence the people around him in Aram Naharayim, but to become a universal leader and to propagate the concept of monotheism around the world. According to God, a name is more than a series of letters. It holds deep meaning and spiritual powers.
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