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Maaseh shehaya. My chavrusa who's wife's name is Faigel wanted to name his daughter Faiga. Now, the Aruch Hashulchan already said they are two different names, Faigel which means bird in Yiddish and Faiga which is a fig. My chavrusa asked me to pose his situation to Reb Dovid Feinstein who I was going to see. Reb Dovid said not to name the child a similar ...
I personally know of an Ashkenazi father whose name is Eliezer and his sons name is Elozor. I believe these people follow Halacha. So I conclude that according to at least one as yet unknown Halachic authority there is no Halachic issue so long the name is different.
This YUTorah shiur by Rabbi Yitzchok Twersky discusses the meaning of the word "hevel" "הבל" as it is used in קוהלת (Ecclesiastes), and how it relates to the name. Extreme simplification of the lecture follows. Rabbi Twersky quotes the Vilna Gaon as writing that the word "הבל" in קוהלת is a pointer to the story of הבל (Abel) in Genesis. He said that the ...
This is an old question so I doubt I'll get too many upvotes, but I figured that I should weigh in anyway considering my own name :-) Early Sources First, historical examples: on the one hand, there's a midrash (Vayikra Rabba 32) that states that the Jews merited to be saved from Egypt because they 'didn't change their name', among other cultural ...
See Rashi, Sifsei Chachamim and Ramba"n on Breishit 31:48-50 that explain a reference to why in Sefer Shoftim, Har Gil'ad is called "Mitzpeh" over there. In this verse, Rashi makes a reference to the word "Mitzpah" which means "look-out".Rashi on v 49 starts by explaining "The 'Mitzpah' that is in Mt. Gil'ad" prior to referring to the verse in Shoftim. In ...
The place called Gilaad was captures by Gilaad, as we see with Novach,another grandson of Menashe.
In Chronicles II 26, Uzziah's delinquent service is opposed by the head priest Azariah, and 80 companions. Perhaps Uzziah is called Azariah to hint that he attempted to fulfill the role of this priest. The Midrash Tanhuma Noah 13 discusses Uzziah's blunder. It says that he forsook Torah for land, which led to his error. He overheard a discussion of the ...
As the Ibn Ezra writes (Bamidbar 21:22) אל תבקש דקדוק בשמות don't expect/ask for grammatical care when it comes to names
My best guess is that because the letters are interchangeable they were switched. Which is proper though, I can't tell you. You could also ask this question on many other cases throughout Tanach. As an example from this week's parsha (Pinchas), Rashi talks about several names that are spelled differently between lists.
Although the names of the months and angels were brought up from Bavel, as is brought in the yerushalmi, rosh hashanah 1 2, and pointed to in tosafos rosh hashana 7a, the point i haven't seen mentioned but seems very important is that the olei gola returned to Eretz Yisroel from Persia, the conquerors of Babylon. The Persians used a solar calendar and most ...
From One of Rabbi Edley's articles: In the Mechilta (Shemot 20; 8) (The commandment stating to "Remember the day of Shabbat") it states: Rabbi Yitzchak says, ‘Don’t count like the others count, rather you should count for Shabbat’. The explanation is that non-Jews count the days of the week with names, each day has its own name, either names of heavenly ...
I believe that the earliest source is in the Book of Yossipon (top of this page): ויאמר הכהן אל המלך הזהב אשר נדבו שפתיך תנהו למחית כהני אלהינו לעניי הכהנים אשר יולדו בשנה הזאת בכל יהודה ובכל ארץ ירושלם יקראו כשמך אלכסנדר ויהי לך לזכרון כאשר יבאו לעבוד את עבודת אלהינו בבית הזה כי אין לנו לקבל בבית אלהיגו פסל וכל תמונה ויעש המלך כן ויתן את הזהב ...
Bais Aharon - page 510 says that it is mentioned in Yossipon, end of first book - Chapter 5.
I believe (though I haven't seen my proof quoted in any sefer1) that "יוסי" is a derivative of "יוסף." See the Gemara Bava Metzia, 117a (last few narrow lines), where there is a discussion about a leak in a multi-story apartment building, whether the guy living on the bottom (who is getting damaged by the water) needs to repair it, or if the guy on top ...
Rabbi Chaim kanievsky discuses this in his Sefer shemos borets
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