The Most Popular Names of 5776


The most popular Jewish name for newborns in Israel during the past year was Tamar, followed by Yosef and David, according to the Ministry of Interior’s annual onomatological data.

The two most popular female names after Tamar were Adelle and Miriam. Uri, David, Ariel, and Avigail were also high on the list.

This week, the name Naama was given to the baby girl of Ezra and Esther Hershberg of Neria in the Binyamin region, in memory Naama Henkin, Hy”d, their neighbor killed in a terrorist attack last October. Rabbi Eitam Henkin, Hy”d, was killed in the same attack, along with his wife.

Hershberg told Arutz Sheva that they become friends with the Henkins when they first moved into the Binyamin region. Just two days before the tragedy, the two families ate together in the Hershberg’s sukkah.

“We admired them so much. I was born in America and when I first met Eitam I asked him if he was a descendant of the great Rabbi Henkin from America. It turned out that he was his great-grandson. He was a brilliant talmid chacham, beyond his years. In that last meal together he asked to curtail the meal, as he had to prepare a lesson he would be giving that day. He was always being asked to give Torah shiurim. We miss him so much.”

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