Word of the Day Ivrut

During the formative years of pre-state and independent Israel, a fervent name-changing phenomenon swept the land, aimed at creating both a unified and purified Hebrew nation.

What’s in a name? Ever wondered why so many Israelis have bold surnames like Arieli (of a lion), Oz (strength) and Barak (lightning), or of the nature variety such as Galili, Golani and Ayalon, or righteous ones like Dayan (judge)? How did a nation of immigrants come to have such indigenous-sounding names?