In the Hebrew Bible we encounter some passages where there are changes in the name of a person, place or even people. One of the most famous examples can be found in Genesis 17, as written:
“וְלֹא-יִקָּרֵא עוֹד אֶת-שִׁמְךָ, אַבְרָם; וְהָיָה שִׁמְךָ אַבְרָהָם, כִּי אַב-הֲמוֹן גּוֹיִם נְתַתִּיךָ.”
“Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; For the father of a multitude of nations have I made thee.”(Genesis 17:5)
Here Abram becomes a father of nations, after he had been just a high father of his family.
When Rachel entered the Promised Land, she gave birth to her second son Jacob, as we can see in Genesis 35:18-
“וַיְהִי בְּצֵאת נַפְשָׁהּ, כִּי מֵתָה, וַתִּקְרָא שְׁמוֹ, בֶּן-אוֹנִי; וְאָבִיו, קָרָא-לוֹ בִנְיָמִין“
“And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing–for she died–that she called his name Ben-oni; But his father called him Benjamin”
There are two names for her second son, but only the last name is remembered by the people of this planet, meaning the son of the right side, the of G-d.
When we read the words of Isaiah in chapter 62, we can learn about new names for Jerusalem and for the land of Cannan:
“לֹא-יֵאָמֵר לָךְ עוֹד עֲזוּבָה, וּלְאַרְצֵךְ לֹא-יֵאָמֵר עוֹד שְׁמָמָה–כִּי לָךְ יִקָּרֵא חֶפְצִי-בָהּ, וּלְאַרְצֵךְ בְּעוּלָה: כִּי-חָפֵץ יְהוָה בָּךְ, וְאַרְצֵךְ תִּבָּעֵל”
“Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken, neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate; But thou shalt be called, My delight is in her, and thy land, Espoused; For the LORD delights in thee, and thy land shall be espoused.”(Isaiah 62:4)
When G-d changed the name of Jerusalem and the name of Canaan he meant that the future of this place, of this city, the holiest city in the Holyland is good. If G-d wants Jerusalem to be written by her new name- we all need to create a different future for this city, a future with peace and harmony!
Have a great week, Eli
שִׁמְךָ-šimchā-Your name (m.s)
לָךְ-lāch- To you