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Verbalizing a Parent’s Name

Question for the Rabbi: May I tell someone my father or mother's full name when I am asked - like when discussing shidduchim? Full Story

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My mother, OBM, was in her last days r”l. She appeared to be unconscious. I wondered if it was permissible to call her by her name, for the reasons outlined above in your article. I was alone at her bedside. I couldn’t ask a shaayla. I said her name and she opened her eyes!
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Many have nickname/variations to their names, such as Yossef who uses the name Yossi. Is the prohibition mention a father’s official name which is not commonly used (in example given: Yossef) but ok to mention his nickname which is always used (in example: Yossi)? or Is the prohibition to mention his commonly used nickname (e.g. Yossi) but ok to mention his official name (e.g. Yossef)? or Is the prohibition to mention either name (both Yossef and/or Yossi)? The real issue is: Many carry the name of our teacher, the Rebbe – are you suggesting that calling someone (friend/son etc) by… Read more »

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can we teach a child with special needs to answer to What is your mother’s/father’s name? for safety reasons if they chos vshalom get lost?

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Article says: Some say that it may never be mentioned in the parent’s [or teacher’s] presence, and it may be only be mentioned in the parent’s [or teacher’s] absence if it’s a common name.

Based on that, one can call his son by his name Mendel/Medy/Menachen IF YOU ARE NOT AT THE OHEL!
But at the Ohel it would be totally forbidden.

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