My names is [name]Racheli[/name] [name]Esther[/name] Alufa Mandelker. [name]Racheli[/name]: my little lamb. [name]Esther[/name]: star. Alufa: leader.
I am Jewish. There is a Jewish custom to be named after deceased family members. [name]Esther[/name] honours my great-grandmother. [name]Racheli[/name] honours my other great-grandmother.
[name]Alef[/name] is the first letter in the hebrew alphabet. Aswell, in numerology, Alufa=19. I was born on the 19th of [name]July[/name].
Everyone mispronounces my name. Raheli, [name]Ra[/name]-chelli, Rashmelly. Some just call me [name]Bob[/name]. The CH in my name is pronounced the way you would properly say chanukkah (youtube the word to hear the CH).
I went to a hebrew day school. At school, my name was never a problem, everyone was accustomed to the CH sound. However throughout high school, university, and my career life, it’s been a struggle for most. I’m known as Chelly. Chell-lee.
Is my name pleasantly unique or just plain ugly?