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Minchas Yitzchok: Give A Name To All Deceased Infants, Boys and Girls Alike
The Shulchan Aruch (YD 263:5) paskens that a newborn baby boy that Rachamana Litzlan dies before his Bris should be given a bris mila without a bracha at the gravesite before the burial and also be given a name. What about a newborn baby girl who dies before she is given a name, should she be named?
The Minchas Yitzchok (Likutei Teshuvos 121) says yes, she should be named. The reason given by the Shulchan Aruch for the the Bris and naming of a deceased baby boy is that it should arouse pity from Shamayim and that he should be zocheh to awake for Techias HaMeisim. If so say Rav Weiss, although the Shulchan Aruch seems to talk only about boys the reasoning applies as well for girls and they too should be named.
Disclaimer: We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. Please also understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.
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