Re: KATZ #galicia

Avrohom Krauss <krauss@...>

<The fact that Alexander Sharon references a source stating that Sephardic
KATZ families as having been in the area of Stryy (close to Zhurawno) since
the late 15th century, just adds more basis for my quest and questions.>

====Citing a source, no matter how early, listing a Sephardic family as
"KATZ", does not mean KATZ is a Sephardic name. To the best of my knowledge,
KATZ is a purely Ashkenazic name. I challange anyone to find a Sephardic
family originally called KATZ. The confiusion is a result of the descrepency
between the written and spoken word.

When used by Kohanim, KATZ stands for "Kohen Tzedek". This name is
universally abbreviated in Hebrew, using the letters kof-tzadi, by
Ashkenazim and Sephardim alike. These two letters, if sounded out together,
could be made into an artificial word- KATZ. Thus evolved the sobroquet
"Katz", amongst Ashkenazim. The Sephardim or Mizrachim, on the other hand,
used the full form: "Kohen Tzedek," in the spoken word, but would only write
the name in its abbreviated form- kaf-tzadi- without creating out of it a
new word. They would not say the name as KATZ.

Avrohom Krauss
Telz-Stone Israel

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