Adopting a Hebrew Surname ✡ “Yehuda Is A Lion’s Whelp” – Israel365

Yehuda is a lion’s whelp; On prey, my son, have you grown. He crouches, lies down like a lion, Like the king of beasts—who dare rouse him?

גּוּר אַרְיֵה יְהוּדָה מִטֶּרֶף בְּנִי עָלִיתָ כָּרַע רָבַץ כְּאַרְיֵה וּכְלָבִיא מִי יְקִימֶנּוּ

בראשית  מט:ט
gur ar-YEH ye-HU-dah mee-te-REF b’-NAY a-LEET k’-RA ra-VATZ k’-Ar-yeh
u’-k’-le-VEE-ya mee y’-kee-me-NU

Today’s Israel Inspiration

Yesterday would have been the the 131st birthday of David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister of the State of Israel. David Ben-Gurion is widely remembered for his reading of the Deceleration of Independence of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948. Ben-Gurion is an icon of modern Israeli history and is remembered as one of the founders of the modern state of Israel. Although Ben-Gurion described himself as an irreligious person, he referenced the Bible extensively in his work and is quoted as saying, “In Israel, in order to be a realist, you must believe in miracles.”  Ben-Gurion was born in 1886 as David Grun. It was only in 1912 that he adopted the Hebrew name Ben-Gurion (בן-גוריון) meaning “son of a lion cub” as a sign of his commitment to the revival of the Hebrew language.  The above verse highlights one of the many places in the Bible where the word gurion appears. Ben-Gurion preached the significance of “hebraicizing” surnames and was successful in convincing other signatories of the Israeli Declaration of Independence to adopt Hebrew names with which to sign the document. Many immigrants to Israel continue to follow in Ben-Gurion’s footsteps by adopting a more Hebrew or Biblical sounding name upon their arrival to Israel. Discover the Biblical origin of your name and connect to Israel, the Bible and the Hebrew language.

One of David Ben-Gurion’s Brightest Moments!

David Ben-Gurion declared the establishment of the Jewish state in Tel Aviv on May 14th, 1948.

US and Israel Withdraw From UNESCO

The US and Israel announced on Thursday they were withdrawing from UNESCO amid U.S. claims the organization is biased against Israel, putting the future of the organization in doubt.


Do you know a Robert, Tom or Sam?

Did you know that the names Robert, Tom and Sam all come from Biblical names? In fact, the origins of most modern English names can be traced back to the Bible. Are you curious about the Biblical origin of your name? Now is the perfect time to discover your Biblical Hebrew during during our ‘Hebrew Name Sale’.

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Today’s Israel Photo

A lion and lioness at Jerusalem’s Biblical Zoo.

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