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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...

Question: Why is it so important to be called by a Hebrew name?

Answer: On a Kabbalistic level, your Hebrew name denotes the configuration of your soul’s energy, reflecting in its meaning the particular powers...

Why is the Hebrew name "Yissaschar" pronounced Yissachar?

There are a number of explanations. Here are two:1. Yissachar in general represents the study of Torah. Many of the members of the Sanhedrin, the Jewish...

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 was circumcised by a doctor. Am I all set?

Aside for the fact that there are several important differences between the methods employed by doctors and the halachically proper way to perform a...

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...

What is the appropriate way to invite someone to a Brit?

It is customary not to formally invite people to participate in the Brit. Instead we merely announce that the Brit will take place at such a time in such...

What is a Shalom Zachar and what is the reason for it?

It is customary to make a party or get-together for friends and family on the first Friday night (Shabbat) after a baby boy is born. This is called a...

Why is G-d's covenant manifest in the male genitals?

There are two primary reasons why G-d commanded us to place the symbol of our covenant on the male sexual organ: 1. G-d wanted this sign to be in the very...