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

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Rav Kook's full name

Recently, I discovered that when the Rav Kook was sick before he died, a third name was added to his name - Yechizkiyahu. This can be seen in this sign calling to people to pray for him: (image taken ...
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Is the Prophet Malachi the same person as Ezra Hasofer?

I saw in a few places that when they write Malachi, in parentheses they write Ezra. Does that mean that some people agree that they are one person?
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Who was Channah? [duplicate]

Throughout the Gemara we find grandchildren of Channah. There's Rabbah bar bar Channah, and R Yitzchak bar bar Channah, both quoted extensively, and maybe others that I don't know about because I don'...
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Avner ben Ner: significance of "Ner" in both parts of his name?

King Saul had a general named Avner ben Ner. The "ner" in his first name is very similar to his last name. His name thus means father of light/son of light. Is there any commentary/...
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Is there significance in the Torah calling Yaakov "Yaakov" at the start of Miketz, then switching to "Yisrael" in the middle

In parsha Miketz, in chapter 42 Jacob is referred to by the name יעקב several times. then in chapter 43, starting in sentence 6, it switches to ישראל and uses that a couple of times. Is there any ...
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Why were the shevatim named by their mothers, not Yaakov

Yitzchok and Yishmael were named by Avraham. Yaakov and Eisav were seemingly named by Yitzchok. Yet all of the Shevatim were named by their mothers, based on their situation at the time, without any ...
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'Reuben and Shimon' as example names

Can anyone help me to find out where the custom of using the names 'Reuben and Shimon' as placeholders – eg in responsa – originated, or any other discussion on the custom?
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What is the proper voweling (Nikud) for Metatron?

I have seen many variations of this and wonder if anyone could tell me which is the most correct? These variations include: מֶטָטְרוֹן‎‎ (Meṭāṭ'rōn) מְטַטְרוֹן‎ (Măṭaṭ'rōn) מֵיטַטְרוֹן‎ (Mēyṭaṭ'rōn) ...
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Why does the pronunciation of names change? [closed]

I am surprised I couldn’t find an answer to this. As we’ve seen in the first few parshiyos (Bereishis, Noach Lech Lecha) there are times when the Torah will write a name with one set of Nikkudot, and ...
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Can the definitive article, הַ וְ, be used in demonyms found in the Talmud?

Does the Talmud use the definitive article, הַ וְ, in demonyms? For example, in English we can say both, "David the New Yorker" and "David of New York", the first form using the ...
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Where does the name Eve come from? [duplicate]

The English version of the name Chava, the first woman, is Eve. What is the meaning and etymology of Eve? I heard in a class once that the name Eve is connected with the word "evil" because ...
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Is it forbidden to call grandparents by their first name?

I saw in the biography of R Shimshon Dovid Pincus references to "Zaidy Mann and Zaidy Pincus" and this got me wondering whether there was a prohibition to call grandparents by their first ...
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Where does "Yeshurun" come from?

Am Yisrael has a number of names in Tanach. "Yaakov" (such as "Beit Yaakov") and "Yisrael" ("Bnei Yisrael") come from the names of Yaakov Avinu. "Yehudim&...
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Yirmiyahu the Seer?

Last night, in Maariv of Yom Kippur, I noticed in Selichot a passage that I had never really noticed prior: "אַל תַּעַזְבֵנוּ אָבִינוּ וְאַל תִּטְּשֵׁנוּ בּוֹרְאֵנוּ וְאַל תַּזְנִיחֵנוּ ...
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Names of Ishmael's 1st and 2nd wife

It seems there is a dispute regarding the names of Ishmael's 1st and 2nd wife. According to Pirkei d'Rabbi Eliezer 30:6, Ishmael's first wife is Ayesha עישה from the daughters of Moav. ibid 2nd wife ...
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Significance of Names

It is well known that one's name has profound significance regarding his/her essence. The name itself is important, as is the name along with the father's and mother's name. My question is, what other ...
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Who was Paltiya ben Yehoyada?

In Targum Sheni on Esther 1:3, a man named Paltiya ben Yehoyadah (פלטיא/פלטיה בן יהוידע) is mentioned as someone who argued with Nevuchadnetzar when he came to destroy Yerushalayim: "When ...
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Why were angels' names brought back?

Related. A well-known gemara in the Yerushalmi (Rosh Hashanah 6a) says: "רשב"ל אמר אף שמות המלאכים עלו בידן מבבל. בראשונה (ישעיהו ו׳:ו׳) ויעף אלי אחד מן השרפים (שם) שרפים עומדים ממעל לו ...
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Shemoneh Esreh Torah line for Name

Before Oseh Shalom in the Amidah, my Siddur says, "Here one may say a sentence from the Torah, which starts with the first letter of his first name and finishes with the last letter of his first ...
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Why specifically mention Yosef?

When listing who will settle in land on the east of the Jordan river, Moshe adds in part of the tribe of Menashe, but Bamidbar 32:33 identifies the group as coming from the tribe of "Menashe ben ...
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English Names of the Five Chumashim

The Hebrew names of the Chumashim are usually referred to as בראשית שמות ויקרא etc. but the English names do not correlate with these names literally. The English names are Exodus, Numbers etc not ...
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Why "Snir" in Yechezkel 27:5?

In Devarim 3:9 it says that the Tzidonim would call Mt. Chermon "Sirion" and the Amorim would call it "Snir". However, when Yechezkel laments the fall of Tzor, which is in Tzidon, ...
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What does the name Daniel mean in Hebrew?

I know that the words are "Judge/judged" and Hashem's name. However, which one of these is the meaning of the name: HaShem is my judge HaShem judged me
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Unisex names on a ketubah

In Israel there are many names that are unisex; used for both men and women. What is the halacha regarding using a traditionally boys name for a girl and vice versa with regards to writing those names ...
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What is the meaning of כמר used as an honorific before introducing one's name?

It is standard among Jews writing in Hebrew to attach the honorific כמר before introducing one's name. This custom is actually quite old dating back at least to the days of the earliest Acharonim, and ...
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Yeshv'av-Chutzpit connection?

Any connection between the mishmar kehunah Yeshv'av, which was also nicknamed "Chutzpit-Shuchin" (also known as Shuchim or Shichin, the town where they settled in) (see here for example) and ...
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Why seven names for Jethro?

Jethro was called by 7 names in the Tanach. Rashi summarizes: שֶׁבַע שֵׁמוֹת נִקְרְאוּ לוֹ: רְעוּאֵל, יֶתֶר, יִתְרוֹ, חוֹבָב, חֶבֶר, קֵינִי, פּוּטִיאֵל He was called by seven names: Reuel, Jether, ...
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Where are the 24 places that Kohanim are called Leviim?

In numerous places the gemara quotes Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Levi as saying there are 24 places that Kohanim are called Leviim, but the gemara only ever quotes the pasuk in Yechezkel 44 15. See for ...
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Different names for the same person in Tanach [duplicate]

The Tanach frequently tells us that somebody's name was changed, by God or people (Abraham, Sarah, Jacob, Joseph, Jethro, etc.), for a stated reason. But the Sages added that some latter-day biblical ...
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What is the reasoning behind Avshalom's name

Why was Avshalom named so. It's kind of ironic that his name means "my father is peace", no? Any ideas?
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Is there a name in Hebrew that means "God is my portion" [closed]

Is there a name in Hebrew that means "God is my portion"? When I google translate I get אלוהים הוא החלק שלי which I have no idea how to say.
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What is the source for: One shouldn't name a baby using names from before Abraham

I've heard or I've been taught one shouldn't name a baby (or take a name, in the case of a ger) from names in the Torah before Abraham, namely Adam, Noah etc. This makes sense to me, as Abraham is the ...
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Ruach Hakodesh when Naming a Child for an Ancestor?

The Arizal says that parents having a certain level of ruach hakodesh when naming their child. Sha’ar HaGilgulim (23:8) - ונמצא כי כאשר נולד האדם וקוראים לו אביו ואמו שם אחד העולה בדעתם אינו באקראי ...
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Why the capital S?

When many write Hashem's name, they write it with the capital S. Why? And if one must capitalize a letter, why do we capitalize the S?
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What is the connection between Lavan and Lavan?

We all know Lavan was a bad person. He tried to kill Yaakov, he enslaved Yaakov, tried to cheat Yaakov out of his wages, he gave Yaakov the wrong wife, and many more. We even begin the hagaddah with a ...
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Why are the sun and moon not named during creation?

During the 6 days of creation, many things are made and named (sky, grass, seeds, water, land, stars) but the sun and moon are referred to only as the lights/luminaries (Ber 1:16) וַיַּ֣עַשׂ ...
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Why Hillel and Shammai are called "the Elder"?

Both Hillel and Shammai are referred to by the Mishna as "the Elder". Age: according to WIKI, Hillel lived to 120, but Shammai only to 80. Also, other Tannayim lived longer than 80 (R' ...
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Do you know what the name Edja means and is it commonly associated with a certain Hebrew name? [closed]

My family is trying to figure out some details for my grandmother's headstone. Her Hebrew name is forgotten, she went by Edith for as long as I've known her but her Polish name was Edja. I can't find ...
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Does Shemot 23:13 literally mean Marvel & DC Comics are forbidden?

Does Shemot 23:13 literally mean Marvel & DC Comics are forbidden? "and the name of the gods of others you shall not mention; it shall not be heard through your mouth." ( וְשֵׁ֨ם ...
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Is there an agreed upon number of names for Hashem or is there no clear answer?

I've read different sources which give different answers for how many names Hashem has. I have read sources which define the 7 holy names which cannot be erased once written. I have read sources ...
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What does the Hebrew name Kohath/קהת mean?

While reading this Apocryphal book about the sons of Yisrael (Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs: Book of Levi Verses 51-52) it is stated that קהת means "beginning of majesty and instruction&...
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What does the name Sheftel mean? [closed]

It seems that "Sheftel" is a name most commonly used by Jews, and has been used by some contemporary Rabbinic figures in America, but I haven't come across its origin yet. What does the name ...
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What does the word "גֹּשֶׁן‎" mean?

Reading this week's Torah portion (וַיִּגַּ֨שׁ), amongst the various storylines The Israelites moved and dwelt in the land of Goshen. What does the name גֹּשֶׁן‎ mean? Is there a connection between ...
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What was and who were Bath-Sheva's or Bath-Shua's Name and Children with David and Uriah?

What was and who were Bath-Sheva's or Bath-Shua's Name and Children with David and Uriah? Divrei Hayamim I - I Chronicles - Chapter 3:5 And these were born to him in Jerusalem: Shimea, and Shobab, ...
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Did Nathan HaNavi exaggerate the numbers of captains invited?

Did Nathan HaNavi exaggerate the numbers of captains invited? In 1 Kings 1:19, Bath-Sheba (under the coaching of Nathan HaNavi) reported to King David that Adonijah invited, among others, "the ...
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What is the significance of leaving out the suffix-"vav" and/or adding it to אֲדֹנִיָּה?

What is the significance of leaving out the suffix-"vav" and/or adding it to the name אֲדֹנִיָּה? Of the 15 times the name of the antagonist or bad character is mentioned in 1 Kings 1, three ...
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What became of Chileab ben David HaMelekh?

What became of Chileab ben David HaMelekh? Shmuel II - II Samuel - Chapter 3:3 And his second, Chileab, of Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah the ...
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Who is this person named "Rei" in the Haftarah of Parashat Chayei Sarah?

Who is this person named "Rei" in the Haftarah of Parashat Chayei Sarah? Melachim I - I Kings - Chapter 1:8 And Zadok the priest and Benaiahu the son of Jehoiada, and Nathan the prophet, ...
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Sheva and Dedan

Is there any connection between Sheva and Dedan, sons of Yokshan ben Avraham (Beresheet 25:3, Divrei Hayamim 1:1:32) and Sheva and Dedan, sons of Ra'ama ben Cush (Beresheet 10:7)?
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Would it be problematic if I adopted my middle name David as my last name?

My middle name is David. If I were to adopt a pseudonym (pen name) where my middle name is used as my last name, would that be offensive or otherwise objectionable to Jewish people? Obviously someone ...

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