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When is a baby boy given his Jewish name?

A boy is normally named at his circumcision. However, if the child is sick (the brit is delayed) and there is a need for a name to be able to pray on the...

Which parent chooses the names of the children?

There are different customs regarding the right of naming the first child. In some communities it is considered the father's right to choose the name for...

Which Jewish name should I choose for my child?

It is customary to name children after a relative or a Tzaddik1 who has passed away2. If a child is born on a holiday, some have the custom of naming it...

Yael: I'd like to know the significance of my name, Yael.

Rabbi Dov Schochet: Welcome... What's on your mind today? Yael: I'd like to know the significance of my name, Yael. A rabbi gave me this name...

What does the name Nathan (or Nosson) mean?

Rabbi Backman: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...Harriet: I need a simple Hebrew translation.Harriet: What does the name "Nathan" mean...

Is it proper to name two siblings after the same grandparent?

Rabbi Yossi Turk: Bienvenidos Welcome. Un minuto, ya lo atiendo. I'll be with you in a moment... Gramps: Good Morning, Rabbi. My question concerns baby...

What is the reason for adding a name to a critically ill indvidual?

A Jewish name isn’t arbitrary. According to Kabbalah, the Hebrew letters of a person’s name are the channels through which the soul connects...

When is a baby girl named?

Girls are named with a "Mi Sheberach" which is recited when the father receives an Aliyah to the Torah. There are various customs regarding the...

Who was Itamar and where in the Bible is he mentioned?

Itamar was the youngest son of Aaron the High Priest (Exodus 6:23). After his two eldest brothers Nadav and Avihu passed away, he served as a priest along...

I'm a Jewish male without a Jewish name. How do I get one?

A Jewish name is so special it is given through a special ceremony. For a male that ceremony is Brit Milah, circumcision.1   If you did...