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

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Rav Zerachia HaLevi writes in his introduction to the work (here) that he named the section on Nashim and Nezikin "Maor HaGadol" because these sections are known as the Great Work in the Torah (refere …
answered Mar 4 '12 by Double AA
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The Gemara in Megillah 13a lists a number of names for Moshe: ירד, גדור, חבר, שוכו, יקותיאל, זנוח Yered, Gedor, Chever, Socho, Yekutiel, Zanoach …
answered Jan 3 '12 by Double AA
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Regarding the Milah, the Shulchan Aruch states (YD 261) that if the father doesn't circumcise his son, the obligation to ensure he is circumcised devolves onto the local Beit Din. Regarding the name, …
answered Mar 4 '13 by Double AA
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The truth is that not all agree it should be said. The Avudarham (to the Bracha of Mezonot) provides a nice summary of the opinions: כי אל טוב ומטיב אתה מעין ברכת הטוב והמטיב. יש אומרים שאין לומר …
answered Nov 13 '13 by Double AA
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As mentioned in your link, Targum pseudo-Jonathan identifies them in that verse saying: וקרא לחוד פרעה לחכימיא ולחרשיא ועבדו לחוד הינון יניס וימבריס חרשין דבמצרים בלחשי קוסמיהון היכדין:‏ And Pha …
answered Dec 31 '12 by Double AA
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עתניאל בן קנז ועכסה בת כלב — see Judges 1:13 EDIT: I found some more: יואש מלך יהודה ויהועדן - See Kings II 14:2 אחז מלך יהודה ואבי בת-זכריה - See Kings II 18:2 חזקיהו מלך יהודה וחפצי-בה - See Ki …
answered Nov 29 '11 by Double AA
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It always seemed to me from reading the pesukim (and it seems Or HaChayim understands it this way as well) that the name of the place was Penuel and only Yaakov called it Peniel, presumably punning of …
answered Nov 30 '12 by Double AA
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One should not include non-Jews in the regular MiSheBerach as the prayer states: בתוך שאר חולי ישראל to heal X son of X among the other sick of Israel. The non-Jew is not in this category and should t …
answered Dec 29 '11 by Double AA
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See Talmud Bavli Shabbat 89: מדבר סיני שירדה שנאה לעכו"ם עליו ומה שמו חורב שמו ופליגא דר' אבהו דא"ר אבהו הר סיני שמו ולמה נקרא הר חורב שירדה חורבה לעכו"ם עליו [Why was it called] the Wilderness …
answered Jul 23 '15 by Double AA
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The major advantage of attaching your name to something is that if your name is attached to it, the community can't exchange it for a new one so long as the writing/engraving of your name is still pre …
answered May 31 '13 by Double AA
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A quick search yields no results in the Mishna but one result in the Tosefta, namely Avoda Zara 3:19. However this is only true in the Erfurt manuscript (see the third to last line of the page numbere …
answered Nov 15 '12 by Double AA
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The Rambam (Seder HaTefillah) calls the two prashas "Eleh toldot noach" and "Ve'elah toldot yitzchak" keeping them parallel.
answered Mar 5 '12 by Double AA
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Rav Menashe Klein (Mishneh Halachot 6:254) quotes the Labavitcher Rebbe [I assume the most recent one] that naming a child is when the Kedushat Yisrael (lit: the Holiness of [the People of] Israel) de …
answered Jun 22 '12 by Double AA
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because many times in the gemara (as outlined in the Aruch HaShulchan YD 240:14-15) great rabbis referred to their parents by their first names. Rather, he argues, it is permissable to do so with a …
answered Feb 24 '12 by Double AA