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May 26, 2019
Rabbi Eytan Yehudah Dzikowski
How were Jewish children’s name chosen?
שְׂא֗וּ אֶת־רֹאשׁ֙ כָּל־עֲדַ֣ת בְּנֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל לְמִשְׁפְּחֹתָ֖ם לְבֵ֣ית אֲבֹתָ֑ם בְּמִסְפַּ֣ר שֵׁמ֔וֹת כָּל־זָכָ֖ר לְגֻלְגְּלֹתָֽם׃
Take a census of the whole Israelite community by the clans of its ancestral houses, listing the names, every male, head by head.
This census was different than the previous one. The previous one counted Bnei Israel as a nation; this one counted them per tribe.
Every person felt tremendously honored by saying his name in front of the leaders of the generation, Moshe and Aaron.
From this period, through to the crossing of the Jordan in the days of Yehoshua, people's names were divinely inspired and indicated a person’s virtues.
(Rashi, Bechor Shor, Ramban, Sforno)
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