The book of Shemot, which we begin reading this week, reminds us of a key ingredient in our nation’s survival.

The word “shemot” means names. There were three things that were critical to preserving the Jewish people’s identity during their bondage in Egypt: they maintained their language, their mode of dress, and their Jewish names.

All Jews should have Jewish names, either given by their parents as newborns, or in some cases, chosen themselves later in life. A Jewish name reflects your Jewish soul and it is something you should be proud of.

So, if you have a Jewish name, why not start using it more frequently? And if you don’t know what your Jewish name is, let’s talk. I’m sure we can figure it out!

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Yisroel Engel

Thought of the Week shared with permission from Chabad of Denver weekly post

-Shabbos Parshas Shemot

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