Many Jews many have the custom of adding a name when an individual’s health deteriorates to an extreme point. The idea is that if until now, prayers were not sufficiently rectifying the situation for whatever reason, then we begin to pray for a “new person” with a “new name”. (I’m oversimplifying, of course.)
In my father’s case, we have added the name “Chaim”, meaning “life”. So those who so compassionately continue to pray for my father, please now do so for him as “Chaim Yehuda ben (Hebrew for “son of”) Rivka.
Please, too, continue to perform extra acts of kindness in his merit.
Those who have posted or forwarded my previous requests, please send this note.
In gratitude and friendship,
Binyamin L. Jolkovsky
Editor in Chief
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