Right now, our general-purpose chat room is called, excitingly enough, "Jewish Life and Learning." Some other sites have given their general chat rooms distinctive names, such as The Garden Shed, Hub of Reason, and Mos Eisley.

What should our chat room be named?

  • Past discussion: chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/468/conversation/… – msh210 Dec 9 '11 at 15:37
  • It would be helpful if you would identify which chat rooms belong to which sites... – yydl Dec 9 '11 at 19:48
  • @yydl, I thought it would be fun to make people guess. – Isaac Moses Dec 9 '11 at 20:37
  • @yydl, They're Gardening and Landscaping, Skeptics, and Science Fiction and Fantasy, respectively. – Isaac Moses Dec 11 '11 at 4:05
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    As per below, in the future I think it's best that you specify that there should only be one suggestion per answer. This way up-votes actually have meaning, and coming to a conclusion is much easier. Plus it just makes everything more clear on the part of the voter. – yydl Dec 13 '11 at 18:57
  • @yydl, Good points. Will do. – Isaac Moses Dec 13 '11 at 18:59

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Just my 2 zuzim:

  1. Bais Midrash - a place where learning can be chatty.
  2. The Yichud Room - it's just us, right?
  3. The Shul - we shouldn't talk there, but so many people do.
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    Upvote is for #1. There is no yichud on SE, which we're happy about. And I'm opposed to promoting talking in shul. – Isaac Moses Dec 13 '11 at 15:11
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    David and @IsaacMoses, We shouldn't talk in shul, but kiddush is the time for socialization. How about "Kiddush Club"? :-) – jake Dec 13 '11 at 16:54
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    @jake, Kiddush Club is brilliant! – David P. Hochman Dec 13 '11 at 17:20
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    @jake, please post an answer, so that it can collect votes on equal footing with other answers – Isaac Moses Dec 13 '11 at 17:56
  • @IsaacMoses, Within my other answer, or a separate one? – jake Dec 13 '11 at 18:05
  • @jake, Given that we didn't get all formal from the beginning with "one name per answer", I'll leave it up to you. – Isaac Moses Dec 13 '11 at 18:26

Inspired by this, how about:

Just my two zuzim

or some variation thereof. I really like the "two zuzim" line. Very catchy.

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    How about just t'rei zuzei? – msh210 Dec 13 '11 at 21:36
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    I'd go with My two zuzim. Very fitting for a chat room. – avi Jan 9 '12 at 8:23

Given that mi.yodeya ("Who knows?") is an unofficial name for the main site, ani.yodeya ("I know!") could be a name for the chat room.

In chat, msh210 pointed out that this sounds a bit like it would be the answer part of the site, but given that there isn't a different part of the site dedicated to just answers (as opposed to questions and answers), I don't think there's much danger of confusion.

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    To be more inclusive, we could call it "Kulanu Yode'im", also a phrase from the hagadda, but perhaps not as recognizable. Also, it doesn't have that symmetry with the y's and d that you seem to like. – jake Dec 13 '11 at 17:20
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    I like ani.yodeya.com it makes it so much easier for me to reach chat whenever i want ^_^ – Naftali aka Neal Dec 28 '11 at 22:24

Here's what I got:

  • Daber Davar (דַבֵּר דָּבָר). [Reminiscent of Yeshayahu 58:13.]
  • Tarbe Chachma (תרבה חכמה). [A phrase from Bava Basra that, while not as much an implication of chatting as "Tarbe Sicha" like @msh210 suggested, doesn't have the same negative connotations.]

Or, following the whole "sichah" theme, we could use:

  • Shafachti Siach (שפכתי שיח) or related form Yishpoch Sicho (ישפך שיחו). [From Neila on Yom Kippur and from Tehillim 102:1 respectively.]
  • Sichu B'chol (שיחו בכל). [From Tehillim 105:2. Also, if spelled in English, could imply the double meaning שיחו בחול.]

Or, to be more heimish, we could go with typical places where multiple-person conversations go on in the Jewish world:

  • Kiddush Club. [Although I think the OU has officially banned the conventional "Kiddush Clubs" that take place after Torah reading.]
  • Around the Chabura Table. [For those that dig the group learning style over the one-on-one chavrusa style.]
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    +1 for daber davar (or, actually, v'daber davar, whichI prefer). (Tarbe chochma might be a better name for a page listing users' reputation-point counts. :-) ) – msh210 Dec 12 '11 at 6:49
  • Thanks @msh210. Can't believe I misspelled that. – jake Dec 12 '11 at 21:57
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    Most of these are a bit too obscure, to my mind. The name doesn't have to be immediately meaningful to outsiders, but it should be to most of this site's usership. – Isaac Moses Dec 13 '11 at 15:17
  • @IsaacMoses, v'daber davar is in kidush. – msh210 Dec 13 '11 at 16:22
  • @msh210, To be fair, I've never said, nor have I ever heard anyone say that part of kiddush. – jake Dec 13 '11 at 16:38
  • jake and @IsaacMoses, oh... I have. Anyway, it's also used in discussions of hilchos Shabas, and tarbe chochma is part of a commonly quoted proverb. Sichu b'chol is in the daily prayers. – msh210 Dec 13 '11 at 16:41

I like my previously suggested "Tarbeh Sichah" (or "תרבה שיחה" or "Tarbe Sicha"):

  • It's a quote from pirke Avos.
  • It's a fitting description of a Stack Exchange chat room: when a comment section on the main site gets too long (between two people), the software hints that that area is not for "extended discussions" and that they should move it to a chat room.
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    3) There are very few women here? :) (Seriously, wouldn't the negative connotation of the source be bothersome?) – Isaac Moses Dec 11 '11 at 3:58

מ' דבר (Mi Deber, "who talks")

(Please forgive my hebrew-school, Ben-Yehuda Hebrew!) I like the idea of preserving the site's history in the name of the chat room (as Isaac suggested), and "Mi Deber" is thematically similar enough to "Mi Yodeya" to accomplish that.


I like the Kiddush Club, so I'm posting as an answer.

Kiddush Club



Beit Meidrash

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Inspired by neilfein's idea:

Mi amar el mi? = "Who said to whom?"

This question form may be familiar to many as a standard school exercise in Bible classes. It keeps the "Mi" name, like Neil pointed out. In addition, it represents a question that frequently comes to people's minds in chat when there are multiple threads of conversation going on at once.


My favorite suggestion:

My Two Zuzim


How about:

Let's shmooze

(or however you want to spell schmooze)

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    Not a big fan of this one, as schmooze strikes me as one of those words that many non- or unaffiliated Jews associate with Judaism. A cliche of sorts. Compare Dave's comment elsewhere. – msh210 Dec 11 '11 at 21:43

How about the "Leitzanus Lounge"?

  • I was going to suggest "Moshav Leitzim" or "Yosh'vei K'ranos", but I thought the connotation (or probably actual denotation) was too negative. – jake Dec 28 '11 at 22:03
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    Also, theres no warning in Tehillim to not join "Leitzanus Lounge". Mah she'ein kein moshav leitzim. – Hod - Monica's Army Dec 29 '11 at 0:17

Was going to suggest this, and despite seeing a similar answer, here goes:

The Shteeble


All I can think of are really heimishe ones like:

  • "the shteeble around the corner (you know, the one across from yossels place)" (or perhaps "the one with reb itche (or reb eiz'l) the gabbai" ;) @Isaac)
  • FTR, heimish as this place may be, eventually, the gabbaim are going to be elected ... I wouldn't name any part of it after someone in a temporary position. – Isaac Moses Dec 13 '11 at 15:16
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    @isaacmoses, I know, its just hard to imagine a j.se without eiz'l. IAE, then "the one with reb yoel on the board" sounds good. – Hod - Monica's Army Dec 13 '11 at 20:15

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