Re: Name RIBA/RIVA in hebrew/yiddish. #names


David Shapiro
 

In halacha, the standard spelling of names is outlined in the laws of gittin, where the correct spelling of names is crucial to the kashrus of the get. For the sound of 'v' the rule among Ashkenazim is that for names that are derived from languages other that Hebrew that sound is represented by two 'vov's. Such names also end with and 'alef' rather that a 'hei'. However, in 'Tiv Gittin' by Rabbi Ephraim Zalman Margolios, one of the main authorities on these laws, he states that Riva is short for Rivka, and thus it is consided a Hebrew name and is written with a 'veis' and ends with a 'hei' like Rivka.

David Shapiro
Jerusalem 

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