Re: Removing initial I from names #names


Shlomo Katz
 

The subject of shortened names and nicknames is of great significance in Halachah / Jewish law because a Get / divorce document must have the names exactly right, or the couple may not enter into new marriages, and future children of the woman would be Mamzeirim / legally bastards. Thus, it is of far greater significance than why Patricia is Pat and Elizabeth is Betsy. Many scholarly rabbinic works have been written over many centuries on the subject of names, their correct spellings, and whether we can assume two names are the same or not. You also need to know the story behind the name.  For example, I have an Israeli cousin named Kobi, which many people would assume is actually Yaakov. In fact, he is named after his grandfather Yaakov. However, his mother felt that Yaakov was old-fashioned so they gave him only the "modern" name Kobi. In that situation, it would be wrong according to Jewish law to substitute Yaakov.

Shlomo Katz
Silver Spring MD

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