Re: Was Ira Jewish? #general

Stan Goodman <safeqSPAM_FOILER@...>

On Wed, 6 Aug 2003 04:43:04 UTC, (Elise
Teitelbaum) opined:

Shalom everyone,
I for one am enjoying this thread, especially because my brother, of
blessed memory, was named "Joseph Ira".

Does anyone remember a Yosef Yira Hecht on the radio? My personal
theory is that the name "Ira" is really pronounced "Yira", which would be
the Hebrew word for "fear", as in "fear of heaven".

That's what I thought too, until this discussion. But I find the name
in the names list of the Even-Shoshan dictionary, spelled *only* with
initial 'ayin, which removes that possibility.

Stan Goodman, Qiryat Tiv'on, Israel

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