Questions tagged [names]

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

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A name adding to our development into who we are/become?

In Bereshit 2:19 Adam gets the honorable task to name the animals. The Midrash Genesis/Bereshit Raba 17:4 tells us that the first man, Adam, looked into the essence and nature of every creature and ...
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The link between a name and a person's soul?

The Hebrew word Neshamah contains the word Shem or name, linking the two together. The Ba'al Shem Tov commenting on Genesis 2:19 wrote Hashem hu haneshamah shel ha'adam, one's name is one's very ...
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Popular Yiddish name for a baby girl born to an unmarried girl

As per the Sefer Bris Avos (8-33), Sefer Ha'bris (page 318-22) and Zocher Ha'bris (24-17) the name Zindel/Zundel or Isser/Issur was used to name a boy born to an unmarried girl. What was the common ...
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How did the name Zundel develop? [closed]

What is the source for the Jewish/Yiddish name Zundel/Zindel? Does it have an origin in Jewish religious traditions?
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Dropping a Vernacular Name

Many people, especially in previous generations, have names which contain a vernacular component (eg. Yiddish names et c.). According to some shittot (see references to the Chattam Sofer here) one ...
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Looking for Pasuk for my son's name

My son's name is Kolunimus. I can't find a pasuk that starts with Kuf and end with Samech. Please help.
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Tzarfat and France in Rabbinic Literature

Why does rabbinic literature identify France with Tzarfat? Tzarfat itself is mentioned only a few times, namely 'Ovadia 1:20, along with the only istance of Sepharad (which is identified with Spain) ...
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Name giving ceremony

At the Brit Milah parents give name to their son. Is there a seperate ceremony or is it part of the Brit Milah? And does this name-giving-part have a name?
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Title to use when addressing a rav

When speaking to the rav of a community, what title should one use? "Hello, Rabbi X" would surely be acceptable for someone with regular semicha, but perhaps not for a person who is referred to as "...
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Learning or Dedicating for Leilu Nishmas: Sephardic vs. Ashkenazic

Just curious as to the differences between Sephardic/Mizrahi and Ashkenazic customs in regards to mentioning a deceased person's mother or father's name when dedicating something? I think Ashkenazim ...
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The importance of a name with meaning

What is the importance of a name? I read this on the Aish website:link The naming of a Jewish child is a most profound spiritual moment. The Sages say that naming a baby is a statement of her ...
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Source of the name Zundel [closed]

I have a cousin named Zundel and I was wondering about the source of this name. Is it related to a Yiddish word? Does it come from a Hebrew word? Or is its source a secular name or word?
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The Jewish name “Isser” [closed]

What is the source of the name Isser? On what Yiddish, Hebrew or Jewish term - if any - is it based?
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What was the name of Yiftach's (Jephthah's) daughter?

Do we have any sources for the name of Yiftach/Jephthah's daughter in Shoftim?
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Will I lose out by not having grandchildren named after me?

Someone has a very strange Jewish name and he doesn't want to trouble his children to feel pressured to name their children after him when he passes away. He also feels bad that a grandchild should ...
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Naming Children After Living People

It is a widespread Ashkenazi minhog not to name a child after someone who is living. From where can this custom be sourced? Why is this so? I would assume it is because it has some negative ...
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Why does Rashi call tzeirei and segol “kamatz katan” and “patach katan”

Rashi often refers to tzeirei as "kamatz katan" and segol as "patach katan". Why? In what sense are they smaller versions of kamatz and patach? I understand that kamatz and tzeirei are תנועות ...
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The wife of Zevulun (Sefer HaYashar)

Sefer HaYashar to VaYeishev says that Zevulun went towards Midian and married Merishah daughter Molad son of Abida son of Midian and brought her to Canaan where she begot Sered, Elon and Yachleel. ...
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Why isn't having a masechet with the name as the seder a concern in Taharot?

Kehati's introduction to Moed Katan says that it is not called Moed so as not to cause confusion, as the seder has the same name. However, this doesn't seem to be a concern for masechet Taharot in ...
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Yiddish Woman name - Malya

In my grandmother's family history in Galicia, I have seen a Yiddish name being used by quite a few women - Malya. My question is what is the Jewish origin of the use of this name and what does it ...
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Vayishlach - Angels changing names?

Parshat Vayishlach features the famous episode of Yaakov and the Angel wrestling. After this wrestling, Yaakov demands "Tell me your name" The Malach responds "Why do you ask my my name" The ...
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Names of angels

There is a pretty well known point made in the Talmud Yerushalmi Rosh Hashana 1:2 stating that the names we are accustomed to calling the months of our lunar calendar came up with those returning from ...
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Who named Seth?

Bereishit 4:25 says וידע אדם עוד את אשתו ותלך בן ותקרא את שמו שת And Adam knew his wife again, and she bore a son, and [she] called his name Seth. Bereishit 5:3 says: ויחי אדם שלשים ומאת ...
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Use of the tetragrammaton in other names

One of the most striking things to me about Jewish practice is the reverence shown for the Tetragrammaton and, I suppose by extension, all other ways of referring to the Creator. It occurred to me ...
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What is the meaning of the name Lemech?

In Bereshis 4:18 Lemech is introduced. Do any commentators explain the meaning or implication of his name?
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Shem Kodesh, Shem Chol, and Legal Name

I have met people who have a name for secular contexts (eg. Mottel for Mordechai), a name for legal usage (eg. on a birth certificate), and a name for being called to the Torah. For what it's worth, ...
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What does this acronym mean? [duplicate]

I have an Asher Yazar card dedicated Le'ilu'i Nishmat HaRav 'Ovadyah Yosef A"H. At the bottom of the card is the Rav's name followed by זצוקללה"ו. I've been unable to decipher the full acronym through ...
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How can someone change his name? [duplicate]

How can a Jew change his/her name halachically? Would there be a difference between adding a name versus changing the name completely? I am asking about the proper procedure for changing a name that ...
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New Name for parent [duplicate]

My father is very ill and they have given him an additional name. Does this new name that he was given a few weeks ago alter the way that I get called up for an Aliyah going forward, both while he is ...
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Hebrew translation of The Lord of Hosts? [closed]

Is YHWH Tzevaot the correct Hebrew translation of The Lord of Hosts? In the example from wikipedia: YHWH Elohe Tzevaot, is YHWH the specific God, Elohe just god and Tzevaot hosts? (The god YHWH of ...
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Why were the pillars of Solomon's Temple named Boaz and Jachin?

Chapters 3-8 of 1 Kings highlight the positive achievements of King Solomon, focusing particularly on the construction of the Temple. It provides extensive details, including the names of the two ...
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Name change after 30 days?

So I recall somewhere (probably in the Gemara) that if a person who is called by a certain name for +30 days, that name gets to be his new name, is that true? I know the sages always said stuff that ...
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The name Nataliyah/Natali (is it Jewish?) [closed]

Where does the name Natalia come from? I ask this because many many Jewish girls, even religious ones, use this as a name. I always thought that it is a feminine version of Naftali, is that true? Or ...
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What to do if parent doesn't have Jewish name, or if the child never knew it?

A person is called up for an Aliyah. He gives the name as x son of Ibrahim. Upon questioning, it comes out that the person did not know his father's Hebrew name, or that if there even was one, it ...
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Non-Jewish father: son of whom for an aliyah? [duplicate]

Let's say there is a person born of Jewish mother, but not a Jewish father. To further complicate things, the mother was raised secular and at a later point converts to Christianity. Does her change ...
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Is the title: “New” Testament offensive to Jews? Alternative neutral name?

Having lived in Israel during several periods of my life, I know that the words "Old" in the "Old Testament" and "New" in the "New Testament" are offensive to many Jews. From what I understand, it's ...
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In what language did Adam name the animals?

I wonder what language Adam used when he named the animals: Hebrew, Aramaic, or some Sacred Language. Obviously the names reflect the "true nature" of the animal, so it must be a special language, ...
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Conversion and Hebrew Names

If a person is converting and considering their Hebrew name for being called to Torah, does the name have to be ancient Hebrew, or would a slightly different ethnic version of the same name be ...
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Why is it always YHVH Elohim and not in the reverse order?

If I'm correct within the Tenach it's always the term Elohim following the term YHVH. You always read verses and phrases stating: 'YHVH Elohim' and never 'Elohim YHVH'. So why is this?
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The rest of Ya'aqob's daughters

So Rashi says that each of Ya'aqob's sons was born together with his future wife, except for Dinah, who was born alone. If that is true, then what are the names provided for the rest of the sisters of ...
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Tehillim 72.17 ינין or ינון?

Is messiahs name ינין or ינון? I know the vav and the yo'd are very similar, is this why it reads differently ?
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In Bemidbar 2.14 , it says רעואל is the father of Eliasaph. Isn't the father of Eliasaph דעואל?

This is the only instance I know of that רעואל is known as the father of Eliasaph , דעואל is known as the father of Eliasaph in bemidbar 1.14, and 3 other places, the resh and the Dalet are very ...
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What means this name for Jews Friends?

I wanna learn what does mean of "Hiram" name (I don't know Hebrew spelling of name). I look up some sources for this name but I couldn't find enough info. 1) I wanna learn mean and importance of "...
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Questioning who is the real Achashverosh

So I am doing very much research and I am trying to find out the REAL Achashverosh, so far, there are several possible rulers of Persia that could be the real Achashverosh Can anyone of you guys ...
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How to change someone's hebrew name?

I am wondering how to change officially someone's hebrew name. I have seen in the Tora that Hashem changes people's names. Like Sarai became Sarah, Avram became Avraham,Yaaqob became Yisrael, Yetkuel ...
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Is it true that saying someone's full Jewish name is helpful for a long life?

Someone told me that in their family they have the minhag (practice) that at least once a day everyone is called by their full Jewish name. For example, a girl is Chana Ester Riva. People call her ...
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Who is Rav Tzvi HaLevi?

Below is a ketuba for a bride name Chaya bat Yehuda, and Yehuda's father is shown as Rav Tzvi HaLevy. I know for a fact from people who knew him and from multiple original source documents including ...
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Intentional mangling of God's name

I have seen G-d in many English translations of a siddur, bencher, or other religious text but have trouble understanding why. The best answer I have received is that if God is recognized by another ...
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Correct usage of “Ashkenaz”/“Ashkenazi”/“Ashkenazic”/“Ashkenazim”?

...Also, of course, Sefard/Sefardi/Sefardic/Sefardim. I see these terms used interchangeably, and use them myself that way, but would rather use them correctly. All are, at least marginally, ...
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“Ashkenazim” and “Sephardim,” for example

Please excuse the crossword-puzzle-clue style of the title... What is a or the technical name for the distinction between Ashkenazim and Sephardim, and/or the class or category that both of these ...