Question:

My daughter's Hebrew name is Talia. Can you tell me the name's meaning and significance?

Answer:

Your daughter has quite an auspicious name. Talia is a contraction of two Hebrew words (tal and y-ah), and means "dew of G‑d."

Dew and rain are both considered great divine blessings, both mentioned many times in the Bible. Of the two, however, dew is considered a greater blessing. This is for several reasons, one being that dew is constant, while rain is less dependable. Another advantage of dew is that it is always a blessing, whereas rain is not. Rain can fall to the extent that it is damaging, while dew brings only good.

Chassidic texts explain that rain and dew are both metaphors for divine bounty. Rain isn't a constant, at times there are droughts, because the divine blessing symbolized by rain is dependent on human effort and merit—which aren't always constant. Dew, on the other hand, represents G‑d's kindness that isn't contingent on our actions or behavior, the kindness that stems from His unceasing and immutable love for His children.

Wishing you that your daughter – and by extension your entire family – always be blessed with this tremendous blessing,

Malkie Janowski for Chabad.org