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Rabbi Jonathan Blass

8 Tevet 5763
Dear rabbi, I named my daughter Toby, and i am getting conflicting answers as to how i should spell it in hebrew, please enlighten me on this issue thank you
Toby is not a Hebrew name and if written טובי would be pronounced Tovi or Tuvi. A similar Hebrew name would be Tova - טובה. There was a Yiddish name Taube- טויבא or טאובא that meant “dove” or in Hebrew- Yonah. If Toby is based on “dove” you could write the name טאובי or טויבי (Pitchei Teshuva Even HaEzer Women’s Names).
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