In a message dated 1/30/2007 10:09:54 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
<< My grandfather was born in Mir, Belarus. The Hebrew name on his
grave is tzade, dalet, vav, he. The family always pronounced this Tzdok. I
thought a tzodk was the term for a learned, righteous man, not a name. Has
anyone heard of this as a name? How should it be pronounced? >>
The name is Tsadok; (a priest at the time of David and Solomon. I Sam.
15:34-37; I Kings 1:7, 8.). Pronounced Tsodek in Yiddish. The last letter of
his name, perhaps eroded, perhaps badly engraved, perhaps misread, perhaps
misspelled should be a kof.
The heh-at-the-end spelling may arise >from a confusion with
Tseydeh/Seydeh for "grandfather"
Tsadok and Tsadik are >from the same Hebrew root. Only the former is a
personal name, relatively rare among Ashkenasim. The Sadducees took their name
from Tsadok.Michael Bernet, New York