It is stated in many places that having a good name is a good thing, for example, Proverbs, Pirkei Avot, and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, but what does or should it mean to you? For me, I am named after one amazing person who has done many amazing things.
My first name in English, Jamie, and my Hebrew name, יוספה, are both after my great grandfather, Joseph, or יוסף. He was born in 1912 in Poland and moved to Palestine, which later became Israel. He knew many languages, so while he was there he would forge passports for people to get out of Europe during the war. He also helped defend the country. He was very involved in Zionism. In fact, he went all the way from Austrailia, where he was living at the time, to Israel for the funeral of Ze’ev Jabotinsky, an involved leader in Zionism. He also went to school with Yitzhak Shamir, one of Israel’s prime ministers, while he was living in Poland. They were part of Betar together.
Being named after my great grandfather is so important to me because I can carry along his amazing deeds. I hope to act as a Jewish leader in my life, just like he did. Having this name will bring up a reason for some remember, and others imagine, how he impacted so many lives.