Baruch (given name)

Baruch (Hebrew: בָּרוּךְ, Modern: Barukh, Tiberian: Bārûḵ, "Blessed") is a masculine name among Jews used from Biblical times to the present, which is sometimes used as surname. It is also found, though more rarely, among Christians—particularly among Protestants who use Old Testament names.

Except for its use as a name, this is also related to berakhah or bracha (Hebrew: ברכה; plural ברכות, berakhot), which is a Jewish blessing. See also: Baraka and Barakah.

The root B-R-K meaning "blessing" is also present in other Semitic languages. The most common Arabic form is the passive form Mubarak, but the form Barak (Barack) is also used.

Benedictus is a Latin name with similar meaning; cf. Baruch Spinoza or Benedictus de Spinoza.

People with the given name BaruchEdit

BibleEdit

Later timesEdit

  • Baruch Agadati (1895–1976), Israeli painter, dancer, and film director
  • Baruch Ben Haim (1921–2005), assistant chief rabbi of the Syrian Jewish community in Brooklyn, New York
  • Baruch Blumberg (1925–2011), American Nobel Prize-winning physician, developed Hepatitis B vaccine
  • Baruch Feinberg (born 1933), Israeli Olympic javelin thrower
  • Baruch Goldstein (1956–1994), American-Israeli settler physician who murdered 29 Muslim worshipers in 1994
  • Baruch Kurzweil (1907–1972), Israeli literary critic
  • Baruch Levine (born 1977), American Orthodox Jewish singer-composer
  • Baruch Ostrovsky (1890–1960), first mayor of Ra'anana, Israel
  • Baruch Shemtov (born 1987), American journalist, television host, fashion designer, and entrepreneur
  • Baruch Spinoza (1632–1677), Dutch rationalist philosopher
  • Baruch Schleisinger Weil (1802–1893) American businessman and politician
  • Baruch Steinberg (1897–1940), chief Rabbi of the Polish Army, victim of the Katyn massacre
  • Baruch Zuckerman (1887–1970), American-Israeli zionist

Fictional charactersEdit