Recently, I discovered that when the Rav Kook was sick before he died, a third name was added to his name - Yechizkiyahu. This can be seen in this sign calling to people to pray for him:

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(image taken from here; can be found here as well)

and in some of the newspapers reporting on his passing. See here for example, pg. 2.

However, in other places, the name is never used. It isn't even on his tombstone:

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Most people, to my knowledge, aren't even aware of this third name. Is it known why it was not used after his passing, in particular not inscribed on his tombstone?

  • How long before he passed away was the name added?
    – Joel K
    Dec 20, 2021 at 10:26
  • @JoelK I don't know. Is that the answer, that it depends on when the name was added?
    – Harel13
    Dec 20, 2021 at 10:28
  • I’m not sure, but possibly
    – Joel K
    Dec 20, 2021 at 10:42
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    As far as I'm aware, most names added at the end of one's life for a refuah that ultimately doesn't happen are left off the person's name once they pass on. Dec 20, 2021 at 11:44

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The Yom Tefila was on כ"ד תמוז תרצ"ה and HaRav Kook was Niftar on ג' אלול תרצ"ה.

Only if the person improved with the new name, then it is kept. See here where there is a list of sources.

See here in regards to Yahrzheit date.

  • Shkoyech. Any idea why in the מודעת אבל by the Rabbinate of Tel Aviv-Jaffa (which was also posted in other newspapers reading exactly the same) they included the new name?
    – Harel13
    Dec 20, 2021 at 19:55
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    @Harel13 Perhaps there was a question as to whether they should keep it or not. In the end the family I guess decided not to. Dec 20, 2021 at 20:42

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