The Number 1 Baby Name for 5774 Is…
MAZAL TOV!!! Israel’s Interior Ministry reported yesterday that almost 200,000 babies have been born in Israel since last Rosh Hashana, making this the first year in Israel’s history that there are over 6 million Jews living in the Jewish State.
Prime Minister Binyaymin Netanyahu pointed out: “this number has double significance in light of the history of our nation over the last century.”
And what names did Israeli’s choose?
For boys (interestingly, baby boys outnumbered baby girls by over 5000 this past year), the leading names were:
I was a bit baffled by the top name for baby boys. Where did Yosef come from? But then I remembered my neighbor’s baby, Yosef Shalom, named after the great Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv zts”l who passed away two summers ago at the age of 102. And then I remembered another neighbor’s baby named Yosef Shalom and another…
Aha! That explains it.
Rav Elyashiv’s victory over Hitler, baruch Hashem.