Re: More on Hebrew Genealogical Terminology #general


In a message dated 1/2/2003 5:17:22 PM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

<< While we're on the subject, does anyone have any idea what
the terminology for a "removed" cousin is? I haven't found
an Israeli yet who can tell the difference between a second
cousin or a first cousin once removed. Does anyone know of
any "old" or "new" term for a "removed" cousin? >>
==I'm not sure that Hebrew even has a special term for cousin.
The terms that are used, ben/bat - dod/dodah mean simply son/
daughter of uncle/aunt. In fact even the use of dod/dodah is a
little suspect; in classical Hebrew it means really "beloved friend."

But that's OK. I still haven't figured out how this "removed"
business goes in English, except perhaps when a cousin divorces
or goes to jail . . . ?

Michael Bernet,
New York

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