Re: Removing initial I from names #names


The letter Yod י or Yod Heh יה are names of God, hence, there is a custom among observant Jews to forgo writing them down. 
Examples: Yehudit יהודית was Hudes, Yehoshua יהושע was Shaye/Shaya, etc.
That being said, Srul is a common Yiddish nickname for Istael, which led to the famous “Srulik”, the cartoon character representing the State of Israel.

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