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Question 21.2.3:
Naming: Is it appropriate to name a child after a relative of the opposite sex?


Yes. However, you may run into some difficulty, depending on the name. Only a few Hebrew names are easily adaptable, such as Simhah (Joy), which can be used for either a boy or a girl. More often than not, you will have to look for a name with an allied meaning, or even merely a similar sound.

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