From the Archive In the Name of Zionism, Change Your Name

Zarechansky became Sa'ar, Brog became Barak: Behind many names in this country are stories involving a desire to forge a new identity in a new land.

Giora Zarechansky has never had an easy time with his surname, which in Hebrew begins with an “S” sound. “Zarechansky is a tough name to pronounce, and there’s hardly any place that I go where people don’t get it wrong. If you are sensitive about such things, you have to constantly correct people. When I have to write the name in English – Zarechansky – it is...