Is it possible to say a Mi SheBerach for a sick baby who has not yet been named? If so, how is it done?

And if one cannot say a Mi SheBerach, is there another prayer that can be said?

What if there are twins? Would all twins have to be prayed for in plural?

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    What I've seen done is "Tinok(et?) Ben/Bat [mother's name]" but I dont think have a source that it works. Mar 28, 2012 at 19:06
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    What @l' mentions is the standard way of doing it. I cannot comment on what to do for twins of the same sex.
    – Seth J
    Mar 28, 2012 at 19:52
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    I once saw a rabbi instruct a couple to name the child (male) early (before the bris) so that he could be prayed for by name.
    – Double AA
    Mar 28, 2012 at 20:49
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    Come to think of it, the case in my comment above was two twin boys! I don't know if that influenced the decision...
    – Double AA
    Mar 28, 2012 at 21:23
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    I've also seen Tinok/et ben/bat Mother's Name done in practise, but I have no source. As for twins, why wouldn't we pray for each one seperately? That is, why assume the need to pray for both together and change the form to a plural form? Simply pray for one Tinok ben Mother, and then pray again for the other Tinok ben Mother. Again, though, this is my conjecture without a source.
    – Shemmy
    Mar 29, 2012 at 2:43

2 Answers 2


A few years ago there was a tehilim drive for a sick baby pre-bris and the tehilim name being used was Tinok Ben Aviva until they were eventually able to do a bris. The child's father is an established Rabbi , currently leading this congregation and many congregations used this name worldwide, so I assume this is the accepted practice. Not sure how to handle twins though... Presumably you would use the plural form.


Per Rav Yitzchok Silverstein if the Bris will not be on time and you want to give the child a name it is best to give it prior to day number 8. However if for any reason it did not occur and now the child is unwell you are allowed to give a name even after day number 8 prior to having a Bris.


?האם נתן לתת שם לתינוק זכר לפני המילה

ומי שיודעים בו שאי אפשר למולו בזמנו, ורוצה לקרותו בשם, עדיף שיקרא לו בשם קודם ח', שעדיין אינו ערל. ובספר חמודי דניאל כתב גם שעדיף לקרא לו שם לפני ח'. כמובן שכל זה הוא רק לכתחילה אבל אם לא קראוהו בשם וחלה ורוצים להתפלל עבורו מותר לתת לו שם כדי שיתפללו עבורו

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    That's interesting, but doesn't answer my question. If the parents want to wait for the bris, how do you pray for the child before he is named?
    – Martha F.
    Mar 30, 2012 at 2:48

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