Re: Names of Kagan and Cohen from the all Lithuania Database #lithuania

Peter Cohen

It took me awhile before the "ah-ha" moment, but some years back I had this realization...Not only is there no H in Russian, so it would be written as a G, but the Litvak pronunciation spoke the O sound as AY. My father's oldest brother was the only one of his siblings to say "tayrah" instead of 'torah". Growing up, a lot of the old men at my synagogue used that pronunciation. So "Kagen" = "Kayen" = "Kohen".
Peter Cohen

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