by Reb Gutman Locks @ those on the path of the beyond
Ruth’s name seemed to have been Ruth before and after conversion, there was never a name-change....
Can you explain why rabbis would add a vav to ones name?
One must also wait for the correct timing to fulfill the meaning of ones name. If one acts in haste, disaster
Are double Hebrew names counted as reflecting one's mission on earth, which includes a middle Hebrew name like for example Nachon-Zion ben (parent's name) or Sholmo Moshe ben (parent's name) Also, how much influence does a parent's own Hebrew name or even surname have on a child?
I would assume that Ruth’s actual conversion came before she married Naomi’s son, and that her famous statement, “Your people shall be my people….” was merely a confirmation of her conversion. To my knowledge, there is no obligation to change one’s name after conversion, but is customary to show that the convert is a new person.
I am not aware of rabbis adding vavs to names. Are you referring to the initial spelling when the name was first given, or at a time when a person wants to change their current situation? It is common to add a name to a person name if they are very sick. Frequently, they will add the name Chaim (life) in front of their current name. The letter vav signifies “drawing down from the higher to the lower” or “fullness.” Perhaps it is a custom in some places for rabbis to add a vav to encourage spiritual growth?
One should never wait to fulfill one’s purpose. You never know how much time you have left in this world, and even if you did know, still, you would want to live in the tremendous joy of one who is doing what he was created to do.
Giving two names is very common, and both of those names show that person’s nature. Parents’ names also influence a person’s spiritual role. Your parents’ names show where you are coming from. Those names also reflect when you look into the gematria (Hebrew numerical equivalences) of your full name.