Ari Cansino LehmanOrigin of Ari's name
commandment tells us to "honor your father and your
mother." We could not think of a better honor than that of
naming our second son "Ari Cansino Lehman." Ariís Hebrew
name is "Avraham Mendel."
The name "Ari" is after Amy
Beth's father Arlin Ruby who passed away this January. Ariís Hebrew first
name "Avraham" also comes from Arlin's Hebrew name and means
"father of many nations." Although Arlin and Ari would never meet,
we can already tell that Ari has many of Arlinís traits. Arlin was a
superior listener and thinker. Ari puts his hands on his chin and absorbs
all of the sights and sounds around him, and at least looks like he is deep
in thought. Arlin never complained and neither does Ari except when he is
hungry or has a full diaper! :-)
Arlin Rubyís love for life, people and
his family will live on in Ari as he grows and matures into a fine young
man. We will always tell him about his "Bepa" and how you cannot
spell Arlin without Ari.
The name Cansino is Gladys' (Rich's
mother) maiden name. Our family history has been traced back to the Spanish
inquisition and is rich with tradition that not only has lasted hundreds of
years, but has included community leaders and dignitaries, but most
importantly, Rich's grandparents Ruby and Jack Cansino.
When they came to America in 1940 from
Casablanca to escape the nazis, they brought with them four young beautiful
daughters, one of them being Gladys.
This family which very narrowly escaped
the Holocaust now has 11 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. It has
been a tradition to carry on the name "Cansino" as the middle name
of many in the family. Like his cousins Lloyd, Jeff, Harris, Brian and his
uncle Lo, Ari will also carry on this great family tradition.
Although Rich's grandfather (on his
father's side) Max Lehman passed away when Rich was a young child, his
influence has been felt in Rich's his entire life, in the way that Rich's
father (Alfred) has raised him. Avrahamís middle name Mendel is after
Ari's great-grandfather Max Lehman who, though a quiet man and from the old
school (and country) always treated people ethically with dignity, respect
It is our prayer as parents that Ari Cansino, Avraham Mendel, carries on the traditions of those who came before
him, and becomes a mensch, a gentleman and an upright person, of knowledge,
wisdom, understanding, and kindness.
Ari may your life be filled with happiness, health and
- Your mommy and daddy