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I understand that when praying for a sick person, whether privately or in a mishaberach following the Torah reading, one should omit honorifics; e.g. not to use "HaRav" when praying for a rabbi, or not inserting "haKohen" or "haLevi" in the name for a kohen or levi. For example, just last night, our rav had us pray for an ill levi without mentioning his tribal status when giving us his name. Many people I know, however, don't know this. What is the source and reasoning for excluding the honorific, and are there any contrary opinions? Is including honorifics wrong?

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perhaps, similar to the story on page 6 of this pdf: youngisrael.org/content/PDFs/YouthGroupGuides/… , we don't want Heaven to inspect the person's honorifics too closely, when requesting mercy. –  Menachem May 28 '13 at 16:33
    
In "What is the source and reasoning for this practice" are you referring to inclusion or exclusion of the honorific? –  msh210 May 28 '13 at 17:15
    
@msh210: I'm asking for the source for exclusion of the honorific AND if there are contrary opinions. –  Bruce James May 28 '13 at 20:00
    
No source - just a thought. MiSheberach for a sick person uses the mother's name, not the father's. The tribe comes from the father, so is not appropriate to mention it. –  Epicentre May 29 '13 at 10:19
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