Re: Hebrew/Jewish given names #general
tom klein <jewishgen@...>
It sounds to me like your cousin is making a mistake. Even though Jewish andtoggle quoted messageShow quoted text
secular names do not have to relate in any way (even when the secular name is of
biblical origin), it seems mighty far-fetched that a Benjamin should have a
Jewish name of Pessie Genendel.
One possible source of confusion is the custom that, when praying for a sick
person, they are referred to by their mother's name (e.g. Yitzhaq ben Sarah)
rather than their father's name (e.g. Yitzhaq ben Avraham). Someone hearing
this may misinterpret a part of this as if it were the person's Jewish name.
But this is only speculation, and the only real proof would be a document listing
his actual Jewish name. (birth, brit, ketubah, etc.)
....... Tom Klein, Toronto
PS. a friend of mine, officially named "Emanuel" (in both English and Hebrew),
prefers to be known as "Manny", but is otherwise quite satisfied with his Hebrew