If a person is converting and considering their Hebrew name for being called to Torah, does the name have to be ancient Hebrew, or would a slightly different ethnic version of the same name be acceptable? Examples I can think of would be Elezar instead of Eleazar (three syllables instead of four), or Tevye instead of Tovia. Thanks!

  • Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/26455
    – msh210
    Jul 17, 2016 at 3:47
  • I saw that post, msh210, but thought it was not exactly the same question, since it was referring to "Modern names" ( which I assume would be "Joe" or "Mike"), as opposed to slight variations of the same name. The last comment on that page got close, and seemed to affirm the use of Yiddish variations, but I think the question bears repeating and clarifying. Jul 17, 2016 at 3:57
  • (re your comment "thought it was not exactly the same question"): I agree. Welcome to Mi Yodeya! I hope you get your answer and stick around and enjoy the site. Don't forget -- this site is only for reference; for practical questions, consult your rabbi.
    – msh210
    Jul 17, 2016 at 3:59
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    Welcome to Mi Yodeya _________. הצלחה רבה filling in the space.
    – mevaqesh
    Jul 17, 2016 at 4:48
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    mevaqesh, the blank if filled. Its Eleazar. Beit Din was yesterday. Rabbi picked it from the choices, so that's good enough for me. Jul 19, 2016 at 13:06


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