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Deborah Kolben, editor of Jewish parenting website Kveller.com, gave The Jewish Week her thoughts on Alef, the name of Natalie Portman’s newborn son (and the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet).
Q: Were you surprised at the announcement of “Alef”?
A: I think everybody was a little surprised. There were a lot of jokes about whether or not she’d keep going through the alphabet, get to Bet and Hey. It’s a funny name, everyone agrees, but we’re sort of used to those since Sacha Baron Cohen [a Jewish actor] named his daughter after a Hebrew month, Elula.