Suppose someone really dislikes his mother and does not want to be known as (for example) "יוסף בן רחל". He's sick, and people wish to pray for him in a Mishebeirach.

Do his wishes have to be honored? And what is the alternative? יוסף בן שרה?

  • As always, consult your rabbi for practical advice rather than relying on the answers you see here.
    – msh210
    Mar 4, 2013 at 18:12

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The Rabbi I consulted said that for the sake of shalom, Sara could be used.

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    OK, that works for Shalom, but what about Chaim?
    – HodofHod
    Mar 21, 2013 at 17:56
  • שלום שלום לרחוק ולקרוב
    – Yishai
    Mar 21, 2013 at 19:02
  • @Yishai שלום שלום ואין שלום
    – Double AA
    Mar 22, 2013 at 0:36

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