I have been asked many times by friends to study (usually Mishanyos) as a merit for their recently deceased relative. In most such occasions, I was given the deceased's name, in order to have them in mind when studying.

Is there such a requirement, that one should have the deceased's name in mind when studying as a merit for them?


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We can learn from the Pasuk that Moses asked G-d to cure Miriam without uttering her name Gemora Brachos 34a (Num 12,13):

א"ר יעקב אמר רב חסדא כל המבקש רחמים על חבירו אין צריך להזכיר שמו שנאמר "אל נא רפא נא לה" ולא קמדכר שמה דמרים ("Please G-d heal HER")

that one does not have to utter the name of the person. It holds for prayers as well as learning in memory, or any other merit.

Moreover, one does not have to know the exact name to benefit on his name, also one can be referred to indirectly, like "Yosi's Grandpa" or "Reb Yechezkel something".

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    But that Pasuk is where the person is standing in front of you. What about when they aren't?
    – Double AA
    Jan 31, 2019 at 12:12
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    @DoubleAA It means G-d knows your intention.
    – Al Berko
    Jan 31, 2019 at 13:39
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    What means that? Was that ever in dispute? God is omniscient after all
    – Double AA
    Jan 31, 2019 at 13:53
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    Besides what @DoubleAA said, Miriam wasn't dead. I've no reason to think the cases are different, but evidence that they're not would be nice.
    – msh210
    Jan 31, 2019 at 17:08
  • @msh210 she had Tzaraas and the Passukcalls her "dead so i guess it is a good example. and doubleaas coment about G-ds omnipresence should be on the question not on the answer
    – user15464
    Jul 1, 2019 at 21:05

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