Prof. G. L. Esterson <jerry@...>
Ira Leibowitz wrote as follows:
"There is some dispute as to what my grandfather's Hebrew name was.
Cousins called him Benche -- with the "che" pronounced as in "chest."
I presume Benche is a nickname. But a nickname for what?"
The Yiddish name "Benche" is a kinui (nickname) for the Hebrew name
BenZion. There are various other similar diminutive kinuim such as
Bentsl, Bentshl, Bentse, and Bentsil.
Prof. G. L. Esterson