Jun 29, 2011

Interesting Psak: Michel Michal

As is the common custom nowadays of naming babies after relatives or great people who have died, a number of babies have already been named after Rav Michel Yehudah Lefkowitz who was buried just yesterday.

Yesterday morning an interesting shailoh was asked of Rav Chaim Kanievsky by a father who was going to be having a bris for his baby boy and naming him a little bit later on in the morning.

The father went to Rav Chaim Kanievsky after davening and asked if it is ok to name the baby "Michel Yehudah", considering he already has a daughter named "Michal"? Is it the same name or different?

Rav Kanievsky responded that there is no problem with it, and he can name the baby Michel Yehudah, as the names Michel and Michal are different names. (source: Bechadrei)


  1. Of course they are different names. Michal is Michal and Michel is Michael. Nu? Poor child though, having the same (sounding) name as as his sister. This is going to make for a lot of confusion. BTW, just wondering if the Misrad HaPnim would catch you if you tried to register two children with really the same name.

  2. there are plenty of unisex names that would easily work. simcha and yona are both fairly commonly used for either boys or girls..


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