Re: Schiffre = Feige? #galicia


At one of the well-know name definition web-sites beginning with 'behind', it says
that Shiphrah means "beautiful" in Hebrew. In this week's Torah portion, Parashat
Shemot, Shifrah, along with Puah, were the two Hebrew midwives who disobeyed the
Pharaoh's order to kill any Hebrew boys they delivered.

In this same Torah portion, we learn that Tzipporah was the daughter of Jethro and
became the wife of Moses. Obviously, not the same name, but maybe there is a link

And, as has been written frequently in the past, Feige is [somehow] related to the
name Violet [in German?] and it is only our common usage that links it to a bird
[and therefore Tzipporah.] Perhaps someone else knows if the combination Shiffra
Feige is similar to the frequent pairing of Yehudah Leib.

Shellie Wiener
San Francisco, CA

--- On Thu, 1/15/09, David Rechtschaffen <darex@...> wrote:

I have found a record where a "known" Feige seems to be also written as "Schiffre"
elsewhere. I presume that Schiffre comes >from Tzipora (which also means "bird"),
so I felt reasonably safe in assuming that there was no inconsistency. Still, when I
input Feige into the Jewishgen Names Database, I do not get any variation of Tzipora
as a result.

Is it likely that these are the same individuals, Feige and Schiffre? I imagined that it
was just a Yiddish name vs. Hebrew name issue.

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