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Selling a Baby's Name
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Selling a Baby's Name

For $20,000 would you sell the right to name your baby?


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Visitor Comments: 25

(25) tzipschum, November 24, 2011 5:13 AM

SURE, and why NOT?

In this case MONEY might be exchanged in other cases it is a family obligation or sign of gratitude yet always an exchange. So why not money?

(24) Anonymous, November 24, 2011 1:45 AM

selling baby's name

My mother tells me that in Hungary, prior to WW II, it was fairly common to receive money from strangersto name a child after their relative.

(23) Anonymous, November 23, 2011 4:28 PM

a big mitzvah

I know three couples who did this. The names are fine Jewish names, after fine people. The families were very poor, and the money helped them very much . Those who paid the money found some consolation for the loss of their loved one. The soul of the person got continuation in this world. So it was a win-win situation all around. The three babies are now all very fine, frum parents. So what's the problem?

(22) Anonymous, November 23, 2011 10:53 AM

oh this is one of my hot topics - relatives ie. grandparents of the couple (and im sure in plenty of cases the parens of th couple) feel they have the right to force the couple or BRIBE them or nag and harrass them to give a certain name. or at least give their oppinion. sorry, its the parents honour to name their baby, i think if the mom carried the baby for nine months then that alone makes her deserving of giving the name. thats actually why being jewish is inherited from the mother. budding in just causes stress at a time when the couple is trying to adjust to a new baby. it is nice to name after someone if they choose to, it is also a chessed to leave the couple alone not be mean and harrass them. its their baby. and according to torah the couple is actually given prophesy when choosing the name of their baby so relatives stop interfering. if the couple chooses to let someone name the baby, thats their choice . personally i would not want to , but i dont know the couple's financial state...

(21) Anonymous, November 23, 2011 7:06 AM


It is not all right to sell a persons name. It is the parents right to name their baby and it is sacred for any price.

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