Re: Mount Zion cemetary in Queens NY #general


Maria <elena@...>
 

The latest issue of http://www.forgotten-ny.com has a spread on
the Mount Zion cemetary in Queens with photos of gravestones.

Josh Backon
backon@...

MODERATOR NOTE: The direct URL of the Mount Zion page is
http://www.forgotten-ny.com/CEMETERIES/mtzion/mtzion.html

Thanks for that link: both sets of my great grandparents are at Mt.
Zion, plus a few other relatives, so it struck a chord.

Regarding this notation >from the article:
"It is the Aaronic blessing, given by the rabbi at services and is done
with both hands, thumb to thumb and represents the Hebrew letter shin.
Nimoy photo >from startrek.com.
I've often tried to make my fingers do this, but have always been
unsuccessful. I'm told it's hereditary: like touching your nose with
your tongue or wiggling your ears, either you can do it or you can't."

My mother was told a legend about this sign: according to what she was
told, if you can make this sign, "means that you're a cohen". This
sounds like another way of saying the ability is hereditary. Is anyone
else acquainted with this theory/legend?

(Everyone in our immediate family can do it, with both hands, including
my father, who is not Jewish).

Maria Torres
elena@...
MALTINSKY, RUBINSTEIN (Latvia, PA, GA, NY)
NOTIS (Lithuania, NY)
MOSTOW (Belarus and Latvia, NY)
SABLODOWSKY/SABLE (Poland, PA)
PRZDECZI, DANIELSKI, RIBINSKI (Poland, UK, NY)

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