Shemot – What’s In A Name?

When did a name first begin? A name belies the essence of the spiritual force that animates it. We are the Ivri descendants of 2 of the 12 tribes –Binyamin and Yehuda – hence we are Yehudim. But our characteristic is Ivri – the other-sider – the outsider – and that has been our historical experience. Names are sounds and words that point to the spiritual forces that animate the item. So what force – name/word – animates the Jewish people?