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Mashiach is not an uncommon first name in the Syrian Jewish community, and I cannot think of any halachic reason why that would not be unacceptable for a convert.
The Ramban explains that Moshe's concern was since the incident of the golden calf took place close to their going out of Egypt whilst they were still far from Eretz Yisrael, if Hashem destroyed Yisrael because of their sins the Egyptians would say that Hashem already hated them whilst they were still in Egypt, and only took them out so that He could kill ...
In terms of rabbis being willing to work with you, I don't think that would be a factor. I've talked with a lot of converts and conversion candidates, including one named Christina, and none of them reported any inquiry or hesitation based on factors beyond their control like what their parents named them. You will probably get some odd looks from other ...
No, you would not have an issue because of your name. You may (depending on who you spoke with) get some desire to change the name, as some question the use of the word (although as far as I know it is better than substituting it with an X and writing X-tian as is common). But upon conversion the practice* is to take a new Jewish name, so for all matters ...
He pronounced it "fajnʃtajn", as in both "ei"s sounding like "eye" and the "s" like an "sh". I am reporting a firsthand account of Rav Moshe using this pronunciation regularly.
Old shuls in Europe have these plaques as well, but without the lights. Is your question when (and why) lights were added, or when these plaques were first used? I recall from Medieval Jewish History classes that the concept/importance of Yahrtzeit was popularized in the aftermath of the Crusades.
The truth is that not all agree it should be said. The Avudarham (to the Bracha of Mezonot) provides a nice summary of the opinions: כי אל טוב ומטיב אתה מעין ברכת הטוב והמטיב. יש אומרים שאין לומר כי אל טוב ומטיב אתה שלא נתקנה אלא מעין ג'. ויש אומרים שצריך לאומרו שאע"פ שנתקנה מעין ד' אין קורין אותה אלא מעין ג' שהם מן התורה. ויש אומרים שאין לאומרו בברכה של ...
I have heard that the Bais Yosef was called The Mechaber since he combined (Chibur = connect) all the different Talmidei Chachomim in one location to come to a Halachic conclusion.
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