Why Was the Name of Rav Lau’s Daughter Changed?

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Israeli Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Rav Dovid Lau has changed the name of his daughter, who got engaged last week, following the guidance Rav Chaim Kanievsky.

Rav Lau’s daughter’s name was Sarah, as is the mother of her chosson. It is customary among some not to consummate a shidduch where a boy shares the same name as a girl’s father or where a girl shares the same name as a boy’s mother.

Rav Lau consulted with Rav Chaim Kanievsky. While in other such cases, a name has been added to the person in question, in this particular case, Rav Chaim advised that the kallah’s name be changed entirely, from Sarah to Yael.

Initially, on the engagement announcement, the kallah’s name was listed as Sarah Yael. This week, during a mi shebeirach at Rav Lau’s shul, her name was proclaimed as Yael.

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}

7 COMMENTS

  1. Reb Yid, why is it odd? If it’s a good shidduch and the only thing in the way was the name then why not go for it…

    It obviously was bashert as they’re engaged… Can you imagine them staying single for years because no one redt the shidduch because they share the same name?

    PS- not everyone who redts a shidduch knows the boy/girl’s parents’ names. Often they know the boy/girl and maybe one of the sides…

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