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Questions about the purpose, meaning, halachos (rules), etc. of names.

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Elkanah as a given name

Regarding the name "Elkanah" (Shmuel haNavi's father in Tanach), I have been unable to find its use as a given name among Jews from any period of history, including today. For example, I ...
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Original Nikud for Raphael?

רָפָאֵל or רְפָאֵל What is the original nikud? I have seen some variation before and wonder if the name should begin with Kamatz or Sheva? Thank you for any help you can give.
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Did Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi learn the Angel of Death's personal name?

I recently heard that when Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi was in Paradise he learned the personal name of the Angel of Death/Satan. Can anyone provide a source for this claim? In Ketubot 77b it is written: &...
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What does the name “Sirach” mean?

The apocryphal text dubbed "Eccleasiaticus" (also known as The Book of Sirach) is purported to be written by a man by the name of Ben Sira or Shimon ben Yeshua ben Eliezer ben Sira. I was ...
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What age was Avraham's name change?

As we know Avraham was changed from Avram. Does anyone know how old Avraham was when he got his name change?
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What is the most-shared name in the Torah? In Tanach?

A previous question noted that there are three distinct individuals named Amihud mentioned in the Torah, and at least one more in Divrei Hayamim. When I noticed this phenomenon in the Torah, it made ...
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Why is Bat-sheva called Bat-shua?

Why is Bat-sheva bat Eliam called Bat-shua bat Amiel in Divrei Hayamim 1:3:5? The commentaries Sefaria brings merely state that the names (both Bat-sheva/Bat-shua and Eliam/Amiel) are interchangeable, ...
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Why Is A Parasha Named after Korach?

Proverbs 10:7 states, "The name of the wicked shall rot." In the Talmud (Yoma 38b) Rabbi Elazar comments on this by saying, "It means that decay will spread on their names, meaning that ...
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May one say G-d's name before washing netilat yadayim?

May one say the word "G-d" or "Hashem" before washing his hands in the morning? For example, to say daily affirmations before getting out of bed.
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Why did Egyptian and Babylonian officials change Jewish names?

For example, in Divrei Hayamim Beth 36:4, the king of Egypt crowned Eliakim over Judah and Jerusalem, and he changed his name to Jehoiakim. In Melachim Beth 24:17 the king of Babylonia crowned ...
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Why skip wife's name in invitations?

Although there is certainly a wide range of 'customs' regarding this question, why do some Orthodox communities skip the wife's first name in invitations saying: "Mr. and Mrs. [Husband First and ...
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Mashiach or Moshiach? [closed]

I have seen the word Mashiach spelled with an “o” and sometimes with an “a”. Is there are a difference? Does it matter?
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Was Yisro called by his 7 names?

Rashi to Shemos 18:1 lists 7 names that Yisro had. Was he called by all these names? For example if he would've gotten an Aliyah would he be called up by all 7 names? (Here is a source that Yisro ...
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Why is the name “Tre Asar” in Aramaic?

All the books of Tanach are either named after a person, or are given a Hebrew name, except for Tre Asar, which is Aramaic. One would have expected the Hebrew title Shinem Asar, and indeed it is ...
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Why does Yitzchak's name mean to laugh if he represents gevurah?

Why does Yitzchak's name mean to laugh if he represents gevurah? Gevurah is something that is restrained and hold back. And laughter is something which breaks out of the chains and feels more free.
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hebrew name for someone who was never given one [duplicate]

There is a person whose parents never gave a Hebrew name. What should be done in terms of giving that person a new name now? Can anyone give the name? Can the person choose a name? Is there a special ...
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Naming after a person that dies from Coronavirus

Many people do not name after a person that passed away in an accident, was killed or died young.* Is there an issue with naming after someone who dies from the Coronavirus, which is an epidemic, and ...
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Why does the Pasuk say אִיּ֣וֹב שְׁמ֑וֹ?

My Artscroll Megillat Esther has a commentary on the words וּשְׁמ֣וֹ מָרְדֳּכַ֗י (Esther 2:5) And his name was Mordecai that whenever a righteous person is introduced, scripture says the word שְׁמוֹ ...
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Why is the word Purim in plural?

Esther 9:26: עַל־כֵּ֡ן קָֽרְאוּ֩ לַיָּמִ֨ים הָאֵ֤לֶּה פוּרִים֙ עַל־שֵׁ֣ם הַפּ֔וּר Therefore, these days are called Purim (in plural) after the name of the Pur (lot - in singular). There seems to ...
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Ben David and ben Yoseph not describing the herritage

Is it possible that the titles ‘ben David’ and ‘ben Yoseph’ do not refer to blood kinship or origin, but serve as a reference to the fact that someone possesses certain qualities, traits, abilities or ...
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Naming a Child is it a zchus?

I've once heard that naming a child after a person is a zchus for that person's neshoma. I cannot find a mention of this. I'm not asking about the influence the name has on the child, or cultural ...
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What is the etymology of the name Jesse?

I can find multiple possible etymologies for the name Jesse/יִשַׁי Yishai: "King" "Wealth/Abundance" "G-d's gift" "G-d Exists" [From יש Yesh ("there is&...
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Naming Jews after both father and mother

A Jew is traditionally named after his father -- for example, Yonah ben Yonatan, except for a mishebberach when he is sick, when he is named after his mother -- for example, Yonah ben Sarah. But some ...
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Yitro's Daughters

Tzipporah is one of 7 daughters of Yitro according to Sh'mot 2:16 וּלְכֹהֵ֥ן מִדְיָ֖ן שֶׁ֣בַע בָּנ֑וֹת וַתָּבֹ֣אנָה וַתִּדְלֶ֗נָה וַתְּמַלֶּ֙אנָה֙ אֶת־הָ֣רְהָטִ֔ים לְהַשְׁק֖וֹת צֹ֥אן אֲבִיהֶֽן׃ I ...
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Why do English translations use the name “Eve” rather than “Chava”?

When the Bible is translated into English, most Hebrew names are simply transliterated into Roman characters. In a few cases though, a completely different name is used. In the case of Hadassah/...
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Why did Esav nickname his wife Yehudis?

In Breishis 36:2, Rashi says Oholibamah: She is [identical to] Judith (mentioned above 26:34). He (Esau) nicknamed her Judith (יְהוּדִית) to imply that she denied the validity of idolatry, so that ...
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Why are we called 'Jews'? [duplicate]

The term established itself in one way or the other in many different languages as early as the dark age. The question: why is that? I thought it to be somewhat of a misnomer. After all, Yaakov had ...
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Why does the Torah tell us the previous name of Bethel?

Beraishis 28 (19) He named that site Bethel; but previously the name of the city had been Luz. Why does the Torah tell us the previous name of Bethel? There must be something the Torah wants us ...
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When should we call God Ha-Makom?

We have many names for God. Elokim to emphasize God's justice, HaShem to emphasize God's mercy, and many other self-explanatory names, such as Adon Olam, HaKadosh Barukh Hu, Matir Assurim, Tzur ...
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Are there two or more prophets who have the same name?

Are there any examples of two different prophets who have the same name?
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If צחק refers to the 3 worst misdeeds why Itzchak was called so?

On the Posuk: "וַתֵּרֶא שָׂרָה אֶת־בֶּן־הָגָר הַמִּצְרִית אֲשֶׁר־יָלְדָה לְאַבְרָהָם מְצַחֵק׃" Rashi (Gen 21.9) explains the meaning of the root צחק: מצחק: לְשׁוֹן עֲ"זָ, כְּמוֹ שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר ...
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Which parent names the first child?

Which parent names the first child according to current custom?
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How to refer to a Kohain with suspended privileges in prayer

When a Kohain chas v'Shalom marries a divorcée or convert, halacha requires us to suspend his privileges - he may not receive the first aliyah during the Torah reading, duchen, etc, until such time as ...
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Why so much genealogical detail in Bereshit?

I'm looking for reasons (Pshat, but not only) in giving so much detail in Bereshit regarding the sons of Adam, Kain, and so on. Some of the characters born and die, and have no clear role, at least in ...
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Who was the first Jew who was called with two names? [closed]

Who was the first Jew who was called with two names? I'm not asking "Who was the fist Jew who had two names?" like Yaakov [Israel] or Benyamin [Ben-Oni] had, I'm asking who was the first Jew who got "...
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Discussion of Hagar's name

Avraham first has a child with Hagar -- the same Hagar who was giften as a maid servant by Par'oh after the events in Egypt. The only discussion of her name that I saw was in the Chizkuni (on ...
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Adding “heh” to a name to refer to God

I remember reading that God chose to rename Abram and Sarai by adding "heh" to their names, this letter being particularly holy because it appears twice in God's name. They became AbraHam and SaraH. ...
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Why the first ה in יהודה?

וַתַּהַר עוֹד וַתֵּלֶד בֵּן וַתֹּאמֶר הַפַּעַם אוֹדֶה אֶת־ה' עַל־כֵּן קָרְאָה שְׁמוֹ יְהוּדָה וַתַּעֲמֹד מִלֶּדֶת׃ She conceived again and bore a son, and declared, “This time I will praise the LORD....
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Significance of parashah of the week a child is born

Did Chazal ever teach about any significance attached to the parashah of the week a child is born in terms of picking the child's name or otherwise raising them?
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The name of גיהנום

Why is Hell (גהינום) named after גיא בן הינום , the Valley of the son of Hinom? And what is גיא בן הינום anyways? Why don’t we just call it Sheol like the Torah does?
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Female name starting with Samech in the Torah

Is there a female name beginning with the letter Samech in the Torah not the rest of Nach?
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Why we don't call Nessi'im's names?

While all naming conventions remain a mystery for me, I'd like to ask specifically about the Nessi'im in Parashas Masaei. They seemingly were pious men, the leaders of the generation(s) (Num 34.19): ...
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The name Amihud is found in different tribes – why was it a popular name?

In the sedra of Masei, two nesi'im are mentioned whose father is Amihud. 1] 34 (20) וּלְמַטֵּה֨ בְּנֵ֣י שִׁמְע֔וֹן שְׁמוּאֵ֖ל בֶּן־עַמִּיהֽוּד: 2] 34 (28) וּלְמַטֵּ֥ה בְנֵֽי־נַפְתָּלִ֖י נָשִׂ֑יא ...
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Naming your baby - does the name influence the child?

Inspired by this question: Is there any significance to the name you choose to give your child? Does the name have any influence over the child? Is there any reason to choose to name your son after ...
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Does a Jew named after a respected historical figure need to hold himself to a higher standard of behavior?

This question may sound strange but it relates to the power of names on Judaism. Typically, when a Jew is named after respected figures from Jewish history, it's done because we hope for our children ...
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Getting a Jewish name

What is the procedure for giving a Jew a Jewish name if he or she was never given one at birth? Are there any sources that discuss this situation?
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Idolatrous origin of the name TAMMUZ

The Gemmorah in [Jerusalem Rosh Hashana 6a][1] explains the process of adopting the Babylonian names on Months instead of Biblical ones. דא"ר חנינה שמות חדשים עלו בידם מבבל R'Hanina said: the ...
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Where did Og get his name from?

I am looking for sources for the name of Og I have seen the midrash (DR 1:25) which explains the source of the name Og as related to the making of matzot/ugot/cakes. Are there any other sources for ...
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Meaning of “Hakatan”

What is the significance of the word "Hakatan" after one's surname? If this descriptive is used by learned people and rabbonim, then is it not self-defeating to call oneself "Hakatan"?
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Who is Eliakim? Could he be both a son of the son of Hilkiah and Josiah?

In Kings II 18, Eliakim is the son of Hilkiah the kohen gadol, in Kings II 23 he is referred to as Jehoiakim son of Josiah. How could he be both?

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