Those flowery baby names
AT A TIME where there are worldwide worries about global warming, it is good to see Anglo-Jewry playing its part to combat the greenhouse effect through the increasingly ecologically sound naming of its newborn — as manifested in the JC Social and Personal columns. Here, the increasing number of offspring with botanical names of Jasmine, Poppy, Plum, Apricot, and the meteorological Sunshine, Summer, etc, give hope.
Living in an adopted country dependent on agriculture and tourism in close proximity to Israel, I look forward to meeting my first AngloJewish person called Bougainvillea. In Cyprus, children are often named after the days of the week. Perhaps Bougainvillea will be a female, will take up residence here, and eventually give birth to Herbaceous Thefdera (Greek for “Monday”) Mulch Cohen — a child with the power to close the hole in the ozone layer. I am unsure such a name translates easily into Hebrew, but I have faith in our rabbinical leaders’ ability to solve the problem. On the other hand, this pantheistic trend could result in excommunication or its Hebraic equivalent, as happened to Spinoza, the 17th-century Jewish philosopher. Rodney Lee Konia, Paphos, Cyprus