is the Hebrew
word meaning solace
. In Hebrew its spelled Nun Chet Mem Hey
(N-Kh-M-H), and its shoresh
, or three letter root
, is Nun Chet Mem
(N-Kh-M). Its gematria
, or numerological
value, is 103.
As the word is a feminine noun
, its also a not uncommon Hebrew name
, whose closest male equivalents are Nachum
, comforter, and Nechemya
, comforted by God. It should be noted that while Nachum and Nechemya were both Biblical prophet
s, there was no Old Testament
character named Nechama.
Though Nechama is most properly pronounced with a short U sound- NeCHUHma- as a name it has often been Yiddishized
to NeCHUma (long U) and Anglicized
to NeCHAAma (long A). The "Ch" is pronounced guttural
ly, as in "Bach" or "Achtung", not as in "Archer" or "Chord".