It recently happened to me that I really wanted to daven for someone but I only knew their name and not their father or mothers name.

In general, how do we daven for someone whose hebrew name we cannot find out? Should we say "Ben Avraham/Bat Sarah"?

What about contexts of giving them zechus, like "l'iluy Nishmas..."

  • Hope you don't mind, I edited to rephrase the question to make it more on topic. Please roll back if unhappy by clicking edited X mins ago above my avatar, and then roll back
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Aug 23, 2023 at 15:22
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    I sometimes use the person's first and last names. I figure Hashem can look up who I men.
    – rosends
    Aug 23, 2023 at 15:31
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  • Related and the two answers with sources might make it a duplicate judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/26096/…
    – Damila
    Aug 23, 2023 at 18:22
  • I have heard people say Mishabeirachs for the sick using a person legal first and last name if that's all that is known at the moment.
    – Mike
    Aug 24, 2023 at 1:51


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