Those flowery baby names

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT & ANALYSIS -

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

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