Each of us has a name by Zelda

In the context of Hebrew names either speaking of attributes of God or the bearer of the name, I think this modern Hebrew poem is well worth a reflective read:
Each of us has a name
given by God
and given by our parents
Each of us has a name
given by our stature and our smile
and given by what we wear
Each of us has a name
given by the mountains
and given by our walls
Each of us has a name
given by the stars
and given by our neighbors
Each of us has a name
given by our sins
and given by our longing
Each of us has a name
given by our enemies
and given by our love
Each of us has a name
given by our celebrations
and given by our work
Each of us has a name
given by the seasons
and given by our blindness
Each of us has a name
given by the sea and given by
our death.
© Translation: 2004, Marcia Lee Falk
From: The Spectacular Difference
Publisher: Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, 2004, 0-87820-222-6
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One thought on “Each of us has a name by Zelda

  1. Beautiful, and, as you wrote, well worth some reflection. I’ll read it a few more times, from time to time. Reminds me of a similar one in Ecclesiastes, but this one nontheless has originality in its abrupt metaphors. Life itself is a mix like that.

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