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

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Talmud Bavli (Sotah 12a): ותרא אותו כי טוב הוא תניא ר"מ אומר טוב שמו ר' יהודה אומר טוביה שמו רבי נחמיה אומר הגון לנביאות אחרים אומרים נולד כשהוא מהול וחכמים אומרים בשעה שנולד משה נתמלא הבית כולו א …
answered Jan 3 '12 by jake
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I have heard that the reason people call the earlier parsha "noach" is because the entire parsha deals with the story of Noach (and the listing of his descendants). "Toldot" on the other hand, althoug …
answered Oct 27 '11 by jake
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Excerpt from R' Yaakov Lipschitz's foreword to תוספות שאנץ: שבתוספות שאנץ על הגליון כמו בתוספות תר"פ, ישנו פירוש ״מהר״ד דלקרוישא", חכם בלתי ידוע במקום אחר, ומצאתיו רק פעמים אחדות בתוספות תלמיד רבי …
answered May 19 '11 by jake
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person mentioned in Tanach with someone else in Tanach, or to equate two names as belonging to the same person (e.g. "הוא מלאכי הוא עזרא"). Chayos treats this as a subcategory of the more general …
answered Apr 4 '14 by jake
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.] By the time Chazal (traditionally, Anshei K'nesses HaG'dolah) came around and canonized the Tanach, it seems names were already well-known. Bava Basra 14b: ת"ר סדרן של נביאים יהושע ושופטים … that each section of Tanach also have given names (Torah, Neviim, K'suvim). These names are clearly only as old as the canonization of Tanach, since there is no reason to assume that the books were thus …
answered Jun 12 '12 by jake
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, Yehuda names Er, his wife, the daughter of Shua, names Onan, then Yehuda should have named the third child, except that he was absent during the birth ("וְהָיָה בִכְזִיב בְּלִדְתָּהּ אֹתוֹ"), so the … mother named him instead. In modern Biblical scholarship, the fact that sometimes the father names a child and sometimes the mother does is seen as strong evidence for the Documentary Hypothesis …
answered Nov 27 '12 by jake
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is not the case. The names of the avos are intrinsically honorary. They were the names by which they were called by God and destined for greatness. Thus, there is no greater respect than to be called … by these names, and the disrespect involved in referring to a father by his first name does not apply here. …
answered Jan 26 '12 by jake
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It was the same person. Many times we find people in Tanach mentioned in different places with their names spelled differently. Like Chizkiyahu sometimes has a yud in front of his name making it …
answered Mar 13 '11 by jake
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In the sefer נפוצות יהודה, the explanation is given as follows: Yitzchak represents מדת הדין. Since it was this that was responsible for the destruction of the temples and our exiles, the Tanach hint …
answered May 23 '11 by jake
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As mentioned here, different spellings of names that refer to the same person are not uncommon in Tanach. Deeper, esoteric meanings are associated with the changing of spellings. As a general rule …
answered Nov 22 '11 by jake
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According to Radak (Yehoshua 1:1), this is grammatically proper for "ben" to become "bin" when it and the following word are small and connected together in speech. Other examples where "ben" becomes …
answered Jun 19 '11 by jake
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"Chajes" is not the English version of the name, but the German version, which would point to a pronunciation of "חַיֶס". In Hebrew, though, there's a vav, which it seems was pronounced as a cholam. B …
answered Jun 27 '14 by jake
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Mizrachi, on the Rashi to Shemos 18:1, seems to assume that according to the midrashic opinion that Yisro had seven names, which included both Chovav and R'uel, both Yisro and his father had the name R'uel. …
answered Feb 6 '12 by jake
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I have a book about the personalities of the zugos - geonim era. It quotes an opinion that suggests that Rabbah bar bar Channa is in fact the son of Rabbah bar Channa, whom we find elsewhere in older …
answered Feb 13 '12 by jake