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Did you ever wonder what your Hebrew name means? Over the years, our Ask the Rabbi team has fielded hundreds of such questions. Here is a sampling of their responses.

The Meanings of Specific Jewish Names

The Meanings of Specific Jewish Names

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The Jewish name of Deborah (Devorah)
The Jewish names of Yafah and Shaina
Shaindel is derived from the Yiddish word “shain” (in German, “schön”), which means “beautiful.” The equivalent name in Hebrew is Yafah.
The female Jewish name Hadassah is biblical, and was one of the names of Queen Esther, the heroine of the biblical story of Purim . . .
The Jewish names of Yonah and Toibah
The name Jonah, or in Hebrew, Yonah, means “dove.” It is the name of a biblical prophet.
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