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Inside the Name Rivkah

Explore the mystical meaning

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Inside the Name Rivkah: Explore the mystical meaning

Discover the spiritual meaning of the female name Sarah, the secret behind their Hebrew letters and numerical value, and the name’s corresponding verse in the Torah.
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Manuel Saint Cloud, Florida October 23, 2017

Rabbi Raskin, thank you for this wonderful videos. I was born into a catholic family and later in life I learned about Judaism, which I do my best to follow. For this reason, my wife and I decided to name one of our daughters Sarah and the youngest one Rivkah.

Now, my question, or request, is not directly connected to this video but, could you talk about the meaning of my name? My name is Manuel, which I believe is derived from the romanized name of Immanuel. I know having a good name is very important and I really wanted to know. Thanks in advance! Reply

Mattisyahu Jerusalem May 19, 2019
in response to Manuel:

Immanuel is not really a name, but part of a phrase, in Isaiah 8:10:
עֻצוּ עֵצָה וְתֻפָר דַּבְּרוּ דָבָר וְלֹא יָקוּם כִּי עִמָּנוּ אֵל׃
Hatch a plot—it shall be foiled; agree on (an aggressive) action—it shall not succeed, for with us is God!
(For with us is God = ki imanu El)
In other words, Isaiah is saying that despite the non-Israelite nations wanting to wipe out the People of Israel, G-d is with the Israelites and we will survive; we are an eternal people.
It is a Prophetic affirmation of our ongoing spiritual victory over anti-semitism, sung by many Jews after each of the three daily prayer sessions. Reply