Natalie Portman Names Son ‘Aleph’
In Kabbalah, Aleph represents the oneness of God.
In her native Israel, Natalie Portman (nee Natalie Hershlag) is a national treasure.
So it’s fitting that her son’s name was first reported in the Israeli newspaper “Israel Hayom.” Portman and fiancé Benjamin Millepied have kept a very low profile since having their son in June, and haven’t confirmed reports about the name.
Portman, who is fluent in Hebrew, immigrated to the U.S. as a young child and has always recognized her Jewish roots. As a child she attended Solomon Schechter Day School. After studying at Harvard, she took some classes at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and has always been a vocal supporter of Israel.
Whether Portman’s second child will be named Bet remains to be seen.