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My daughter was pregnant when her father-in-law passed away. Is it okay for them to name the baby after his grandfather?
The sages of the Midrash wondered the same, and here are their answers . . .
Ashkenazi Jews do not name their children after someone who is alive at the time.
All of the prayers in my synagogue are in Hebrew, and I don't understand a word of what we're saying. Should I better read the Hebrew which I don't understand, or the English which I do understand?
What does the word "Hebrew" mean? And how did that become the name of the first Jews?
I’ve heard that one should not name a baby after an individual who passed away young. Is this true? And what if that person was killed during the Holocaust?
Question: Please tell me why a Jewish name is so important. What significance does it hold? Response: Quite a lot, actually. For starters, we are told that parents are granted a minor degree of ruach hakodesh (divine inspiration) when they select names fo...
Question: This is not as serious as your usual questions but my daughter and I are really curious. I know that Yiddish is a mixture of Hebrew and German, my question is where does the name Yiddish come from? Answer: We take every question seriously :-) Yi...
The art of baby naming
Choosing a name is a big deal. A person’s name is not a mere label; it expresses the essence of its bearer . . .
It functions as a conduit, channeling spiritual energy from G‑d into your soul and your body. That’s why a critically ill person is sometimes given an additional Hebrew name—sort of like a spiritual bypass operation.
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