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Is a Baal Teshuva required to keep the surname of his non-Jewish father?

There are some Jews who are Halachically Jewish but come from mixed backgrounds. In such cases, the Jew may carry his father's surname. Socially speaking, I can imagine such a situation causing ...
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Who is the Pharaoh of the Exodus? [duplicate]

Which Pharaoh was reigning in Egypt during the Exodus according to our mesorah? Do any traditional Jewish sources discuss his name?
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What are the meanings behind these names? [closed]

Why are these people called by these names: Baal Shem Tov / בעל שם טוב Chazon Ish / חזון איש Baba Sali / באבא סאלי Steipler / סתייפלאר Chofetz Chaim / חפץ חיים Vilna Gaon / וילנא גאון Baal Hatanya / ...
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How many male names are there in the Torah? And how many females names? Is there any estimate?

Does anyone know how many "kosher" names are there in the Torah (jewish/hebrew)? And how many female names (including the talmud)? Any very rough estimate would be more than fine - we're ...
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Name misspelling on a matzeivah (tormented neshama) [closed]

My mom unfortunately passed away a few months ago and I've been working with my dad to finish the process of putting up the matzeivah. We've designed it to be exactly how she wanted. For her Hebrew ...
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What is the "Sheva" in Bat Sheva

What is the meaning of Sheva in the name of King David's wife Bat Sheva? Her father's name was Eliam not Sheva. Does it mean 7? And if yes 7 of what? Or is it possible it's from "Sova"- ...
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How would a Gabbai call up his firstborn son, who is a Rabbi, for an Aliyah

Torah Service, Gabbai duties, Hebrew names and titles, honors due relatives
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Are Feiga and Tsiporah the same name

I was told that Rav Moshe Feinstein wrote how the names Feiga and Tsiporah are not the same name; and that neither of them mean "bird". I know Feiga is a Yiddish name which means fig. With ...
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Can someone have the name Haleluka

Can someone’s Hebrew name be halleluka or would that be problematic? Someone mentioned to me that it would be, but I couldn’t find any source for it.
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Rabbi Yishmael - why such a name? [duplicate]

Why did Rabbi Yishmael from the Mishna have such a name? Yishmael is obviously the ancestor of the muslims (Bnei Yishamel) The reason Hagar called her son this is because G-D "heard" her ...
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What does Torah want to convey from this lineage? [duplicate]

Torah is given by God, Blessed Be He, everything in it was mentioned to mean something and to convey a lesson from it. When we look into Genesis-chapter 36, which mentions the descendants of Esau, ...
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Named and unnamed people in Torah

Jacob went to Egypt with "his sons and grandsons, his daughters and granddaughters—all his offspring". [Gen. 46:7] Many men's names follow, but only one woman's name: Serach, "sister ...
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Is Moriah ever a man's name and why not, there's many Tzion's

I've never met a Moriah but there are many kids named Tziyyon. Everything is masculine about it except the bitterness (kabbalisticly the Avoda of the male is too sweeten the judgements, להמתיק דינים ...
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Who were Binyamin's sons named after?

In parashat Miketz who were the sons of Binyamin named after?
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Can a Sefardi name a baby after a living Ashkenazi?

I believe that Ashkenazim generally have a minhag that it is not allowed to name babies after a living person, whereas Sefardim do name after living people. Can a Sefardi name a baby after a living ...
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What does שכם mean

Where does the name שכם come from? What exactly does it mean? I believe that names in the tanach are symbolic of qualities of whoever is that name, so what does שכם mean in relation to the person? ...
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Question about Binyamin being named "Ben Oni" in Vayishlach

Vayishlach (35:18) says that Rachel named Binyamin "Ben-Oni" (according to Rashi "son of my pain"). Is this meant to be suggestive of a double meaning in that Binyamin was actually ...
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Whence Rabbi Yosei Manda'ah?

Shmuel Safrai in his book בימי הבית ובימי המשנה, p. 204, notes: "בכפר זה חי גם אמורא בשם רבי יוסי מנדאה" "In this village (Kfar Mandi) lived another amora by the name of Rabbi Yosei ...
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Different names for man

What is the difference between the Hebrew words 'adam', 'ish' and 'enosh'? In Genesis, the word adam is used until the woman is brought to him and then he calls her 'Ishah' and refers to himself as '...
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Sons of God or Heavenly Council

Who were the sons of God in Job 1 & 2? Could we say that they are the council of the elohim referred to in Psalm 82? Also alluded to in Psalm 89:5-7, 1 Kings 22 and in Daniel 4 referred to as the ...
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Not naming a child "Akiva" - minhag?

I recently spoke to a person who said that their rabbi advised them against naming their child "Akiva" because of his ill-fated death; it was some sort of negative omen. Regardless, the ...
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If we don't and can't know someone's full hebrew name when davening for them

It recently happened to me that I really wanted to daven for someone but I only knew their name and not their father or mothers name. In general, how do we daven for someone whose hebrew name we ...
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Etymology of the name Azriel?

A quick Google search shows that most people hold this is the angel of death. Where are the sources for this (or any other sources of the name)? If there is a source for this, are people naming their ...
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Pharisees and name of God

I know the Scribes aka Sadducee (Heb. sōperêm, writers) had a habit of removing holy names from the scriptures but did the Pharisee also refuse to use God's personal name?
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Ben Avraham after conversion with jewish father

Are converts with a Jewish father (let's say Shmuel) also called ben Avraham (instead of ben Shmuel)? Is this so, since your gentile descent is kind of wiped out through the act of conversion?
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Eltzafan or Elitzafan, son of Uziel?

I was wondering why the Torah uses two different spellings - with or without the letter Yod - to talk about the same character. Twice the Torah says Eltzafan: shemot 6:22 and vayikra 10:4 and once ...
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Holy names and mystic things added to Jewish prayer from Shabatay Tzvi sect

I read that the name "di-carnosa" (Fleshy God) and other names and prayer texts derive from Shabbatay Tzvi Sect influence in Sephardic Liturgy. I couldn't find a compiled and organised ...
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What does loving/trusting in Hashem’s name mean? [closed]

I read in the siddur it says to love Hashem’s name or to trust in Hashem’s name. Why His name and not Hashem himself?
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Parshiot names together & meaning

I'm looking for sources and mefarshim that dealt with the Parshiot names and their meanings, not only for a single Parsha name alone, but all the Parshiot names of the Torah together or of a Sefer. ...
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How did Moshe know the name of Hashem to kill the Egyptian?

We find in Parshas Shemos that Moshe killed the Egyptian with the name of G-d. Where did Moshe know this from? After all he grew up in Pharaohs palace....
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Miriam, Batya and Azubah

Sotah 12a says that Azubah is Miriam. When I looked up I Chronicles 2:19 ( pic below ) , it said, 'And Azubah died, and Caleb took to himself Ephrath, and she bore him Hur'. It seems from what I read ...
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What's the source that Eretz Yisroel has another name- Eretz Hakodesh

I am looking for an answer for the following question: Where do we find the source in the Tora that Eretz Hakodesh is another name for Eretz Yisroel? if you know the source I will greatly appreciate ...
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Are there any sefarim about Melech David

Today we named our son David at the Brit Mila and I realized I wanted to learn more about King David. Outside of Tehilim and Shmuel I&II (which are understandably the core sources), does anyone ...
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Why isn't anyone named in the story of the birth of Moshe?

In the story of the birth of Moshe (Shemot 2:1-10), several people are mentioned - himself, his parents, his sister, Pharaoh's Daughter, her slaves - but none of these are named. Only at the very end ...
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If you accidentally write the capitalized word "god", ought you delete the `o` and write a `-` in its place? [duplicate]

This question didnt provide a sufficient answer. If I accidentally write Hashem's name, can I fix it? If its true, that he reason you don't write his name is so that nobody can destroy it. and I ...
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Translating Name on Kesubah [closed]

Does anyone know the meaning/origin of the female name "וועלער," which I found in an old kesubah?
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Is the navi Yeshaya or Yeshayahu? [duplicate]

Why is the Navi sometimes referred to as ישעיה and sometimes ישעיהו? Same thing with Yirmiyah and Yirmiyahu?
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Could the word shem (שם) means anything other as ‘name’?

Shemot 6:3 reads: “And I appeared to Avraham, to Yitzchak, and to Ya'akov, by the name of God Almighty (El Shaddai), but by My name, the Lord (the Tetragrammaton/Shem Hameforash) I was not known to ...
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Convert taking name of his adopted father

According to some opinions, an adopted convert can go by ben-his adopted father's name (in terms of calling to the Torah for instance), would this apply only to people adopted under a certain age? If ...
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What does פ׳ ב׳ פ׳ stand for in the context of prayer (specifically related to prayer #8 of the Amidah)?

In the Siddur I am using (Siddurenu, The Prayer Book Press, 1961), there is a supplemental prayer directly below prayer #8 of the Amida (on page 56) that prays for healing of specific individuals. (It ...
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How does Saadia Gaon explain עדה וצילה?

אבן עזרא על בראשית ד׳:י״ט:א׳ implies that Saadia Gaon has an explanation of the names עדה וצלה. Do you know where I could find that?
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Why is the King of Nineveh in Yonah unnamed?

To clarify, I'm not asking who the King of Nineveh in Sefer Yonah was. I'm simply wondering why he's unnamed (see Yonah 3:6-7). He was probably some sort of Assyrian ruler, and several of those were ...
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What is the first notable use of the name Chaim (חיים) [closed]

What is the first notable use of the name Chaim (חיים) and what is its origin?
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Meaning (and Source) of the names of the Imahos

What is the meaning (and source) of the names of the Imahos - Sarah, Rivkah, Rachel, and Leah?
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Verse with name

Saw a post about this so it reminded me of my question- we say that you say a Torah verse at the end of shemoneh esrei that begins with the first letter of your name and ends in the last letter of ...
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Verse corresponding to name [duplicate]

I have checked other posts about this topic, but I can't find my answer: I am writing a storyboard for a short film, and the main character is 'Binyamin ben Yosef.' Throughout the film, he memorizes ...
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Were names of children often chosen as a reminder an essence or attribute of God?

Such examples might be Abel and Daniel. Such names would yield meaning and recall of Truth, such as Daniel's name meaning "God Judges" or for Abel's meaning "God breathes" or "...
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Why did Adam attribute himself to dirt rather than God's soul?

"And you, [God said], what is your name? [Adam] said to him: It would be right to be called Adam, since I was created from the dirt (adamah)." Bereishit_Rabbah.17.4 It would be logical that ...
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Why didn't Adam name fish and insects? [duplicate]

When Adam named animals, the Torah mentions three categories: cattle, wild animals, and birds: "וַיִּקְרָא הָאָדָם שֵׁמוֹת לְכָל־הַבְּהֵמָה וּלְעוֹף הַשָּׁמַיִם וּלְכֹל חַיַּת הַשָּׂדֶה..." ...
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Do you call a yid who's had a giyur LECHUMRA "Ben/Bat Avraham Avinu"?

Do you call a yid who's had a giyur LECHUMRA "Ben/Bat Avraham Avinu"? So basically if a yid grows up with the Hebrew name Shlomo ben Chaim or something like that then finds out his yichus is ...
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