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Name for sale

A New Jersey family in January tried selling the right to name their baby on Craigslist. The Jewish family had just given birth to their ninth daughter and were taking bids on the new name, starting at $20,000. “This is an excellent opportunity for someone who did not have children, or someone looking to honor a relative, or even to honor someone who was killed in the Holocaust,” read the ad, which has since been removed for violating the site’s terms of service. It was later reported that the baby was named Rina (Hebrew for joy) independent of the Craigslist ad, which had garnered four offers.


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