A couple of people have dropped me e-mail to ask about the names in yesterday's poem, Leah names her sons. The names of Leah's sons are
Reuben (compare r'u ben = see, a son)
Simeon (compare sham'a = has heard) "The Lord has heard that I was despised" Leah says. I make this "prayer answered."
Levi (compare yilaveh = will join) "This time at last my husband will join me, for I have born him three sons."
Judah (compare 'odeh = sing praise)
Issachar (compare sakhar = wages, reward)
Zebulun (compare zabal = exalt) "This time my husband will exalt me, for I have given him six sons."
Obviously this is all thanks to Robert Alter, translator and scholar -- who I've incorrectly named "Richard" below. His Genesis really is a great book.