Re: Was Ira Jewish? #general
Stan Goodman <safeqSPAM_FOILER@...>
On Tue, 5 Aug 2003 18:42:08 UTC, iraleviton@... (Ira Leviton)
Dear Group,an 'American' version of some more common Hebrew/Yiddish name made up
for someone who never was in the US. >>
It is not a "Hebrew/Yiddish name" at all, whatever that may be, but a
By the way, it dawned on me that one of the reasons that Ira may have aThe gender confusion on the part of 20th century Poles results >from
the fact that they speak an Indo-European language that tends to end
feminine names with "A", and they write in Latin characters.
Polish/Russian Jews in most of the 19th century, and certainly in the
18th, would have thought of the name in its Hebrew spelling: 'Ayin Yod
Resh Alef, which carries no feminine marker at all.
I am not sure how to assess the attitude toward a name as of 500 or
1000 years ago. My gut gives me no clue.
Stan Goodman, Qiryat Tiv'on, Israel
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