The Source and Meaning of the name “Tel-Aviv”

 

Tel Aviv skyline

The name Tel Aviv (literally "Spring Mound") was chosen in 1910 from among many suggestions, including "Herzliya". Tel Aviv is the Hebrew title of Theodor Herzl’s book Altneuland ("Old New Land"), translated from German by Nahum Sokolow. Sokolow took the name from Ezekiel 3:15: "Then I came to them of the captivity at Tel Aviv, that lived by the river Chebar, and to where they lived; and I sat there overwhelmed among them seven days." This name was found fitting as it embraced the idea of the renaissance of the ancient Jewish homeland. Aviv is Hebrew for "spring", symbolizing renewal, and tel is an archaeological site that reveals layers of civilization built one over the other.[22] Theories vary about the etymology of Jaffa or Yafo in Hebrew. Some believe that the name derives from yafah or yofi, Hebrew for "beautiful" or "beauty". Another tradition is that Japheth, son of Noah, founded the city and that it was named for him. The name is also transliterated as Tel-Abib in the King James Bible.

 

 

Courtesy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tel_Aviv

Independence Park, running along Hayarkon Street
Independence Park, running along Hayarkon StreetHilton Beach
Hilton Beach

The city's Mediterranean beaches are a popular place for matkot games

The city’s Mediterranean beaches are a popular place for matkot games

Tel Aviv skyline

Tel Aviv skyline

 

E-H Dictionary

English How pronounced Hebrew

Mound

Tel

תל

Spring

Aviv

אביב

Suggestions

Hatza’ot

מהצעות

To Embrace

Le’khabek

לְחַבֵּק

Renaissance

T’khiyah

תְחִיָה

Homeland

Moledet

מולדת

Layer / Layers

Shikhvah, Shkhavot

שכבה /שכבות

Founded

Nosad

נוסד

 

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2 Responses to The Source and Meaning of the name “Tel-Aviv”

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