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The name Hadas: the meaning is: "Myrtle Tree" that is blessed for one week, each year, by the Jewish religious people on their holiday Succot. It's a little different than Hadassah, and it's a common name in the Jewish culture.
-- hadas  4/3/2005
I know a girl with this name, only she spells it Hadessa. I have to say, though, I like Hadassah better.
-- Anonymous User  10/9/2005
Hadas means myrtle tree. Hadassah means compassion, hence the women's charity in Israel, Hadassah. Usually adding the -ah would mean a female myrtle tree, but this is a separate case. The -ah changes the meaning entirely. Hadassah, meaning compassion, is a lovely name.
-- Yahalome  1/2/2006
I love the name Myrtle, but I know a lot of people find it ugly. Hadassah is a bit "prettier" and means the same thing, so I like it.
-- Belldandy  1/23/2006
Pronounced hah-dah-sah.
-- Miss Claire  7/29/2006
This is my Hebrew middle name. It's quite lovely. (:
-- 1crzychick  10/14/2007
She is my hero! She was so brave. In the BIBLE!
-- IAmTabby  3/12/2008
The Russian name, Dasha, is very close to Dassah, the short form for Hadassah. There used to be many Jewish people in Russia and the rest of the then Soviet Union until, probably, the 1917 revolution. Since then, I think, people in the then Soviet Union (and the countries that it was composed of) had grown so nationalist from communism and global technological competitiveness, that they had grown very racist, as well.
Perhaps this is what sparked the name to be changed into 'Dasha', which is now like a nickname for 'Dariya/Darya/Daria/Darja/Darija' in some places, for some people.
-- S3AQu33N  8/2/2008
Hadassah has nothing whatsoever to do with the Russian name Dasha (as another user stated), because it's a diminutive of Darya. It's very stupid to actually relate these names together since Jewish names have nothing to do with Russian names especially if they are Jewish biblical names.
-- Anonymous User  10/1/2009
Another diminutive form that we used for our daughter was Hadi.
-- Tannalas  8/21/2011
Hadassah is the name of the name of the Women's Zionist Organization of America. It has over 300,000 members, making it the largest Jewish organization in the United States and one of the largest women's organizations in the world.
-- humblebee  12/26/2011
In Francine Rivers' Mark of the Lion Series, Hadassah is the name of one of the main characters, a Jewish maidservant in a Roman household.
-- Brandi not Brandy  1/18/2012
Hebew name of Esther. Why not name the person Esther?
-- SEC908  10/7/2012
SEC908, the description is a little vague on the origin of the name. Hadassah is a Jewish woman in the Bible who is sent to become the wife of the Persian king. The king cannot know that she is Jewish, so she takes on the Persian name Esther. Eventually, in order to save the other Jews in the kingdom, she must reveal that she is Jewish.

So, to answer your question, a person might pick Hadassah over Esther because Hadassah is the woman's true name, not her assimilated fake name.
-- MoonAgeDaydreamer  7/28/2013
I like Hadassah and Esther.
-- SEC908  2/15/2013

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