On Shabbat morning, the gabbai prays for the sick to be healed and reads out a list of names of sick people, that was provided by the community.

In the case where two sick people have the same name (and mothers' name), must the name be repeated (once for each), or can it be said once for both of them?

  • Or maybe the opposite, the heavenly bureau will get confused and no one will get Refuah. – Al Berko Nov 11 at 21:09
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    I vote to say twice, but mentioning their family names. – Al Berko Nov 11 at 21:10
  • @AlBerko Based on Hilchos Gittin, I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s a requirement if two people in the city have the same name, even if one of them isn’t on the list. But what if they have the same family name...and are originally from the same city... – DonielF Nov 12 at 12:45
  • @DonielF I don't think, 1. It is said in low not to announce it publically 2. we learn from א' נא רפא נא לה that one does not have to mention the name to intend for someone else. Anyway mentioning names is simply customary and does not have Halochos. – Al Berko Nov 12 at 12:48
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    @AlBerko I wasn’t paskening. I just said I wouldn’t be surprised. In any event, Moshe only got away with that because he said לה and had in mind who that was referring to. You can’t just say “heal” with no intention of an antecedent and expect it to do anything. While I could hear an argument that the Gabbai is just passing along the tefillos of those who submit the names, I’d expect that he would at least need to know that they’re not the same person at a minimum. – DonielF Nov 12 at 12:52

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