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The Noda B'Yehuda (Tinyanah Evan HaEzer Siman 79) famously writes in regards to making a match between a bachelor that has the same name as the father of the potential bride that one need not be concerned about this. Rebbe Yehuda HaChossid in his famous will (tzavah) writes that one shouldn't make such a shidduch.

The Noda B'Yehuda writes very strongly against anyone going against what it says in the Talmud, mentioning specifically other relationships (marriage set-ups) that Rebbe Yehuda HaChossid wrote against and that the Talmud permitted or said even was a mitzvah! He writes so strongly that such a person's words shouldn't be accepted. Because of this however he writes afterwards a reason why perhaps Rebbe Yehuda HaChossid was machmir in these things.

My question is, would the Noda B'Yehuda speak or feel so strongly against other things it says in the Tzavah? For example (and specifically) not taking a haircut on Rosh Chodesh. Would we have any reason to believe that he also perhaps didn't hold of this prohibition? (Arguably, it's more difficult to believe as much, since this prohibition was already brought in poskim by the time the Noda B'Yehuda lived.) Do we have a proof to this from anywhere or a reason to think that he would also disagree with this point and others?

(Please help add tags to this then remove this line from the question.)

  • for names, he had evidence that Chazal did the exact opposite. so maybe not. – josh waxman Apr 14 '13 at 22:14
  • "he does come to "save" so to speak what it says in the Tzvah and why Rebbe Yehuda HaChossid wrote it" is completely opaque to me. – msh210 Apr 15 '13 at 2:54
  • @msh210 as I've said perhaps too many times it can sometimes be tricky for me to express myself in English. Save the comments and simply fix it. – Yehoshua Apr 15 '13 at 5:06
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    I did edit other parts of your post. I couldn't fix that part, as it's completely opaque to me. That is, I don't know what you're trying to say there. The general gist of the question is clear, though, and I upvoted it FWIW. – msh210 Apr 15 '13 at 6:00
  • IIRC Rebbe Yehuda HaChossid "forbids" it only if the names are duplicate for 2 generations. – Danny Schoemann Apr 17 '13 at 9:48

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