JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Sofa, Palestine #general


Mathilde Tagger <tagger@...>
 

Hi,

You wrote:
I believe that would be Suba, and I doubt any Jews lived there before 1948.
Sender: "John Smith" <someone@microsoft.com>
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You are right. The kibbutz of Tzuba was created close to the foundation of
Israel.

My guess is that it can be Jaffa called Yafa in Arabic, the langue mainly
spoken in Jaffa in the 19th century till the foundation of Israel.
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I can explain:
1. the handwritten S in "Sofa" is very close to "J" that, in many European
languages like German and Polish (and others) is pronounced Y.

2. The O of Sofa or Jofa can be based on the Yiddish pronunciation of the
Hebrew kamatz for A.

Shalom,
Mathilde Tagger
Jerusalem

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