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Many men, when going up for an aliya, tell the gabbai their name as, e.g. "Reuven ben Rav Yaakov", even if "Yaakov," the father, isn't actually a Rabbi." I believe the reason for this practice is to honor the father by not saying his name without an honorific.

Is there an honorific that's used commonly when referring to one's mother? For example, if Reuven was to ask the gabbai to mention his brother in a "Mi Shebeirach", in which one traditionally identifies the patient with his/her mother, how should he say the name? "Shim'on ben Giveret Leah"? "... Imi (my mother) Leah"?

Happy Mothers' Day!

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I've seen the custom to use the honorific "Reb", which is used for a non-rabbi, but using the title "Rav" where that person doesn't have Semicha seems problematic to me. Having said that, I have come accross this practice in Charedi yeshivot, where not having semicha is the exception rather than the rule. –  Meir May 10 '11 at 21:44
    
@Meir I have often heard Chassidim add even more; "Moreinu HaRav" for regular people! –  NBZ Jan 6 at 19:21
    
@Meir See also judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/18644/…. –  NBZ Jan 6 at 19:27
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"Ha-isha" (האשה) is a title of respect that has the advantage of sounding perfectly natural.

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My Rav would use that title. –  YDK May 8 '11 at 17:42
    
Agreed. I'd translate it as "The Lady" –  Meir May 10 '11 at 21:40
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I don't know how honorifics work with regards to Mi SheBerachs, but my impression is that the traditional honorific for a woman is marat.

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If I'm not mistaken, "giveret" is a modern Hebrew transposition (some would say mutilation) of "gever." –  Dave May 8 '11 at 15:49
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