Today, I asked a friend what his Hebrew name is to daven for him. He said his full name but did not know the spelling of his mother's name (Perel).

This made me wonder: Is there any relevance to the spelling of someone's name when praying for them? Does it make any difference if I don't know how to spell it, as long as I know how to pronounce it?

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    Names are given verbally. And there are often different spellings of the same name, even in Torah.
    – shmosel
    Commented Jun 8, 2023 at 16:00
  • Moshe did not use Miriam's name when praying that she be healed (Numbers 12:13). Spelling/pronunciation can't be as important as having the right person in mind. Commented Jun 9, 2023 at 21:03
  • @Deuteronomy See judaism.stackexchange.com/q/38994/6592
    – shmosel
    Commented Jun 11, 2023 at 10:33
  • @shmosel ideally yes, one has the name. However it is clearly not an absolute requirement, nor an impediment to the prayer being enunciated and accepted. Commented Jun 11, 2023 at 12:16


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