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Thoughts for the New Year... #romania

Susan E. King <susan.king@...>
 

As the Jewish New Year approaches and we gather with family and friends
in a time of self-reflection let us also think about what the year just
passed has meant to all of us who are part of the JewishGen family.

First and foremost has been the impact of our affiliation with the
Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust which
facilitated nearly 1,000,000 new records going online. Notwithstanding
this accomplishment, more is available, more is on the way and more can
indeed be realized in the New Year.

The JewishGen mission is clear and the grassroots effort that has been
our hallmark is stronger than ever. The generosity of material
donations, the contributions of volunteer time and skills and the
financial support so generously given has played a vital role in
preserving our precious history. This same generosity will define our
future and will define the accomplishments we can achieve working
together. As you reflect on the year gone by, please give thought to the
year to come.

A financial gift in any amount, whether it be $5, $50 or $500 or more
will be instrumental in insuring that JewishGen can continue to acquire,
process and display millions of additional records and information so
vital to our research and vital to Jewish continuity.=20

With the help of all of our constituency at levels you can afford,
working together, as we have demonstrated in the past, 2 million, 3
million, 5 million new records is not out of reach. Please consider a
gift for JewishGen's future during this season by visiting
http://www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen-erosity/contribute.ihtml this day.

On behalf of the entire MJH family, the JewishGen Board, officers and
staff, we wish you all a Healthy, Prosperous and Sweet New Year.

Susan


Susan E. King
Managing Director
JewishGen, Inc.
2951 Marina Bay Dr.
Suite 130-472
League City, TX 77573
(281) 535-2200=20


Romania SIG #Romania Thoughts for the New Year... #romania

Susan E. King <susan.king@...>
 

As the Jewish New Year approaches and we gather with family and friends
in a time of self-reflection let us also think about what the year just
passed has meant to all of us who are part of the JewishGen family.

First and foremost has been the impact of our affiliation with the
Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust which
facilitated nearly 1,000,000 new records going online. Notwithstanding
this accomplishment, more is available, more is on the way and more can
indeed be realized in the New Year.

The JewishGen mission is clear and the grassroots effort that has been
our hallmark is stronger than ever. The generosity of material
donations, the contributions of volunteer time and skills and the
financial support so generously given has played a vital role in
preserving our precious history. This same generosity will define our
future and will define the accomplishments we can achieve working
together. As you reflect on the year gone by, please give thought to the
year to come.

A financial gift in any amount, whether it be $5, $50 or $500 or more
will be instrumental in insuring that JewishGen can continue to acquire,
process and display millions of additional records and information so
vital to our research and vital to Jewish continuity.=20

With the help of all of our constituency at levels you can afford,
working together, as we have demonstrated in the past, 2 million, 3
million, 5 million new records is not out of reach. Please consider a
gift for JewishGen's future during this season by visiting
http://www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen-erosity/contribute.ihtml this day.

On behalf of the entire MJH family, the JewishGen Board, officers and
staff, we wish you all a Healthy, Prosperous and Sweet New Year.

Susan


Susan E. King
Managing Director
JewishGen, Inc.
2951 Marina Bay Dr.
Suite 130-472
League City, TX 77573
(281) 535-2200=20


Thoughts for the New Year... #yizkorbooks

Susan E. King <susan.king@...>
 

As the Jewish New Year approaches and we gather with family and friends
in a time of self-reflection let us also think about what the year just
passed has meant to all of us who are part of the JewishGen family.

First and foremost has been the impact of our affiliation with the
Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust which
facilitated nearly 1,000,000 new records going online. Notwithstanding
this accomplishment, more is available, more is on the way and more can
indeed be realized in the New Year.

The JewishGen mission is clear and the grassroots effort that has been
our hallmark is stronger than ever. The generosity of material
donations, the contributions of volunteer time and skills and the
financial support so generously given has played a vital role in
preserving our precious history. This same generosity will define our
future and will define the accomplishments we can achieve working
together. As you reflect on the year gone by, please give thought to the
year to come.

A financial gift in any amount, whether it be $5, $50 or $500 or more
will be instrumental in insuring that JewishGen can continue to acquire,
process and display millions of additional records and information so
vital to our research and vital to Jewish continuity.=20

With the help of all of our constituency at levels you can afford,
working together, as we have demonstrated in the past, 2 million, 3
million, 5 million new records is not out of reach. Please consider a
gift for JewishGen's future during this season by visiting
http://www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen-erosity/contribute.ihtml this day.

On behalf of the entire MJH family, the JewishGen Board, officers and
staff, we wish you all a Healthy, Prosperous and Sweet New Year.

Susan


Susan E. King
Managing Director
JewishGen, Inc.
2951 Marina Bay Dr.
Suite 130-472
League City, TX 77573
(281) 535-2200=20


Yizkor Books #YizkorBooks Thoughts for the New Year... #yizkorbooks

Susan E. King <susan.king@...>
 

As the Jewish New Year approaches and we gather with family and friends
in a time of self-reflection let us also think about what the year just
passed has meant to all of us who are part of the JewishGen family.

First and foremost has been the impact of our affiliation with the
Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust which
facilitated nearly 1,000,000 new records going online. Notwithstanding
this accomplishment, more is available, more is on the way and more can
indeed be realized in the New Year.

The JewishGen mission is clear and the grassroots effort that has been
our hallmark is stronger than ever. The generosity of material
donations, the contributions of volunteer time and skills and the
financial support so generously given has played a vital role in
preserving our precious history. This same generosity will define our
future and will define the accomplishments we can achieve working
together. As you reflect on the year gone by, please give thought to the
year to come.

A financial gift in any amount, whether it be $5, $50 or $500 or more
will be instrumental in insuring that JewishGen can continue to acquire,
process and display millions of additional records and information so
vital to our research and vital to Jewish continuity.=20

With the help of all of our constituency at levels you can afford,
working together, as we have demonstrated in the past, 2 million, 3
million, 5 million new records is not out of reach. Please consider a
gift for JewishGen's future during this season by visiting
http://www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen-erosity/contribute.ihtml this day.

On behalf of the entire MJH family, the JewishGen Board, officers and
staff, we wish you all a Healthy, Prosperous and Sweet New Year.

Susan


Susan E. King
Managing Director
JewishGen, Inc.
2951 Marina Bay Dr.
Suite 130-472
League City, TX 77573
(281) 535-2200=20


Thoughts for the New Year... #latinamerica

Susan E. King <susan.king@...>
 

As the Jewish New Year approaches and we gather with family and friends
in a time of self-reflection let us also think about what the year just
passed has meant to all of us who are part of the JewishGen family.

First and foremost has been the impact of our affiliation with the
Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust which
facilitated nearly 1,000,000 new records going online. Notwithstanding
this accomplishment, more is available, more is on the way and more can
indeed be realized in the New Year.

The JewishGen mission is clear and the grassroots effort that has been
our hallmark is stronger than ever. The generosity of material
donations, the contributions of volunteer time and skills and the
financial support so generously given has played a vital role in
preserving our precious history. This same generosity will define our
future and will define the accomplishments we can achieve working
together. As you reflect on the year gone by, please give thought to the
year to come.

A financial gift in any amount, whether it be $5, $50 or $500 or more
will be instrumental in insuring that JewishGen can continue to acquire,
process and display millions of additional records and information so
vital to our research and vital to Jewish continuity.=20

With the help of all of our constituency at levels you can afford,
working together, as we have demonstrated in the past, 2 million, 3
million, 5 million new records is not out of reach. Please consider a
gift for JewishGen's future during this season by visiting
http://www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen-erosity/contribute.ihtml this day.

On behalf of the entire MJH family, the JewishGen Board, officers and
staff, we wish you all a Healthy, Prosperous and Sweet New Year.

Susan


Susan E. King
Managing Director
JewishGen, Inc.
2951 Marina Bay Dr.
Suite 130-472
League City, TX 77573
(281) 535-2200=20


Latin America #LatinAmerica Thoughts for the New Year... #latinamerica

Susan E. King <susan.king@...>
 

As the Jewish New Year approaches and we gather with family and friends
in a time of self-reflection let us also think about what the year just
passed has meant to all of us who are part of the JewishGen family.

First and foremost has been the impact of our affiliation with the
Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust which
facilitated nearly 1,000,000 new records going online. Notwithstanding
this accomplishment, more is available, more is on the way and more can
indeed be realized in the New Year.

The JewishGen mission is clear and the grassroots effort that has been
our hallmark is stronger than ever. The generosity of material
donations, the contributions of volunteer time and skills and the
financial support so generously given has played a vital role in
preserving our precious history. This same generosity will define our
future and will define the accomplishments we can achieve working
together. As you reflect on the year gone by, please give thought to the
year to come.

A financial gift in any amount, whether it be $5, $50 or $500 or more
will be instrumental in insuring that JewishGen can continue to acquire,
process and display millions of additional records and information so
vital to our research and vital to Jewish continuity.=20

With the help of all of our constituency at levels you can afford,
working together, as we have demonstrated in the past, 2 million, 3
million, 5 million new records is not out of reach. Please consider a
gift for JewishGen's future during this season by visiting
http://www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen-erosity/contribute.ihtml this day.

On behalf of the entire MJH family, the JewishGen Board, officers and
staff, we wish you all a Healthy, Prosperous and Sweet New Year.

Susan


Susan E. King
Managing Director
JewishGen, Inc.
2951 Marina Bay Dr.
Suite 130-472
League City, TX 77573
(281) 535-2200=20


Thoughts for the New Year... #dna

Susan E. King <susan.king@...>
 

As the Jewish New Year approaches and we gather with family and friends
in a time of self-reflection let us also think about what the year just
passed has meant to all of us who are part of the JewishGen family.

First and foremost has been the impact of our affiliation with the
Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust which
facilitated nearly 1,000,000 new records going online. Notwithstanding
this accomplishment, more is available, more is on the way and more can
indeed be realized in the New Year.

The JewishGen mission is clear and the grassroots effort that has been
our hallmark is stronger than ever. The generosity of material
donations, the contributions of volunteer time and skills and the
financial support so generously given has played a vital role in
preserving our precious history. This same generosity will define our
future and will define the accomplishments we can achieve working
together. As you reflect on the year gone by, please give thought to the
year to come.

A financial gift in any amount, whether it be $5, $50 or $500 or more
will be instrumental in insuring that JewishGen can continue to acquire,
process and display millions of additional records and information so
vital to our research and vital to Jewish continuity.=20

With the help of all of our constituency at levels you can afford,
working together, as we have demonstrated in the past, 2 million, 3
million, 5 million new records is not out of reach. Please consider a
gift for JewishGen's future during this season by visiting
http://www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen-erosity/contribute.ihtml this day.

On behalf of the entire MJH family, the JewishGen Board, officers and
staff, we wish you all a Healthy, Prosperous and Sweet New Year.

Susan


Susan E. King
Managing Director
JewishGen, Inc.
2951 Marina Bay Dr.
Suite 130-472
League City, TX 77573
(281) 535-2200=20


DNA Research #DNA Thoughts for the New Year... #dna

Susan E. King <susan.king@...>
 

As the Jewish New Year approaches and we gather with family and friends
in a time of self-reflection let us also think about what the year just
passed has meant to all of us who are part of the JewishGen family.

First and foremost has been the impact of our affiliation with the
Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust which
facilitated nearly 1,000,000 new records going online. Notwithstanding
this accomplishment, more is available, more is on the way and more can
indeed be realized in the New Year.

The JewishGen mission is clear and the grassroots effort that has been
our hallmark is stronger than ever. The generosity of material
donations, the contributions of volunteer time and skills and the
financial support so generously given has played a vital role in
preserving our precious history. This same generosity will define our
future and will define the accomplishments we can achieve working
together. As you reflect on the year gone by, please give thought to the
year to come.

A financial gift in any amount, whether it be $5, $50 or $500 or more
will be instrumental in insuring that JewishGen can continue to acquire,
process and display millions of additional records and information so
vital to our research and vital to Jewish continuity.=20

With the help of all of our constituency at levels you can afford,
working together, as we have demonstrated in the past, 2 million, 3
million, 5 million new records is not out of reach. Please consider a
gift for JewishGen's future during this season by visiting
http://www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen-erosity/contribute.ihtml this day.

On behalf of the entire MJH family, the JewishGen Board, officers and
staff, we wish you all a Healthy, Prosperous and Sweet New Year.

Susan


Susan E. King
Managing Director
JewishGen, Inc.
2951 Marina Bay Dr.
Suite 130-472
League City, TX 77573
(281) 535-2200=20


Translation from the Russian #ukraine

nsolat <nsolat@...>
 

Hello SIGers,

I'm hoping someone will be able to provide a translation for my
grandfather's Russian passport, published on viewmate at

http://data.jewishgen.org/viewmate/toview.html

The viewmate file number is VM2914.

Please send any responses directly to me at nsolat@comcast.net.

Thank you for any help.

Norm Solat

Researching ZOLOTAREV, ZOLOTOROW, SOLOTAROFF, BELLOVSKY, BELOFSKY


Ukraine SIG #Ukraine Translation from the Russian #ukraine

nsolat <nsolat@...>
 

Hello SIGers,

I'm hoping someone will be able to provide a translation for my
grandfather's Russian passport, published on viewmate at

http://data.jewishgen.org/viewmate/toview.html

The viewmate file number is VM2914.

Please send any responses directly to me at nsolat@comcast.net.

Thank you for any help.

Norm Solat

Researching ZOLOTAREV, ZOLOTOROW, SOLOTAROFF, BELLOVSKY, BELOFSKY


Thoughts for the New Year... #ukraine

Susan E. King <susan.king@...>
 

As the Jewish New Year approaches and we gather with family and friends
in a time of self-reflection let us also think about what the year just
passed has meant to all of us who are part of the JewishGen family.

First and foremost has been the impact of our affiliation with the
Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust which
facilitated nearly 1,000,000 new records going online. Notwithstanding
this accomplishment, more is available, more is on the way and more can
indeed be realized in the New Year.

The JewishGen mission is clear and the grassroots effort that has been
our hallmark is stronger than ever. The generosity of material
donations, the contributions of volunteer time and skills and the
financial support so generously given has played a vital role in
preserving our precious history. This same generosity will define our
future and will define the accomplishments we can achieve working
together. As you reflect on the year gone by, please give thought to the
year to come.

A financial gift in any amount, whether it be $5, $50 or $500 or more
will be instrumental in insuring that JewishGen can continue to acquire,
process and display millions of additional records and information so
vital to our research and vital to Jewish continuity.

With the help of all of our constituency at levels you can afford,
working together, as we have demonstrated in the past, 2 million, 3
million, 5 million new records is not out of reach. Please consider a
gift for JewishGen's future during this season by visiting
http://www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen-erosity/contribute.ihtml this day.

On behalf of the entire MJH family, the JewishGen Board, officers and
staff, we wish you all a Healthy, Prosperous and Sweet New Year.

Susan


Susan E. King
Managing Director
JewishGen, Inc.
2951 Marina Bay Dr.
Suite 130-472
League City, TX 77573
(281) 535-2200=20


Ukraine SIG #Ukraine Thoughts for the New Year... #ukraine

Susan E. King <susan.king@...>
 

As the Jewish New Year approaches and we gather with family and friends
in a time of self-reflection let us also think about what the year just
passed has meant to all of us who are part of the JewishGen family.

First and foremost has been the impact of our affiliation with the
Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust which
facilitated nearly 1,000,000 new records going online. Notwithstanding
this accomplishment, more is available, more is on the way and more can
indeed be realized in the New Year.

The JewishGen mission is clear and the grassroots effort that has been
our hallmark is stronger than ever. The generosity of material
donations, the contributions of volunteer time and skills and the
financial support so generously given has played a vital role in
preserving our precious history. This same generosity will define our
future and will define the accomplishments we can achieve working
together. As you reflect on the year gone by, please give thought to the
year to come.

A financial gift in any amount, whether it be $5, $50 or $500 or more
will be instrumental in insuring that JewishGen can continue to acquire,
process and display millions of additional records and information so
vital to our research and vital to Jewish continuity.

With the help of all of our constituency at levels you can afford,
working together, as we have demonstrated in the past, 2 million, 3
million, 5 million new records is not out of reach. Please consider a
gift for JewishGen's future during this season by visiting
http://www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen-erosity/contribute.ihtml this day.

On behalf of the entire MJH family, the JewishGen Board, officers and
staff, we wish you all a Healthy, Prosperous and Sweet New Year.

Susan


Susan E. King
Managing Director
JewishGen, Inc.
2951 Marina Bay Dr.
Suite 130-472
League City, TX 77573
(281) 535-2200=20


Publishing on a Website #general

Dream Builder <dreambuilder@...>
 

In my humble opinion, it is always wrong to include information about minor
children on a public website. There are many predators online. Information
about living persons should also be very limited on a public website.

There is a way to create a "private" website where people have to send you
an email requesting permission to access the site. Several people here at
JewishGen (although I can't think who at the moment) have done this. This
allows you to find out who wants to access your site and why before
allowing them to actually do so.

Vicki Ina Friedman
Ball Ground, GA, USA
dreambuilder@tds.net

Researching: BECK, CHORNEY, DUBIN(SKY), FRIEDMAN, RECHMAN, SK(O)LOFF,
THURLIN / TURCHIN, ZEIDELMAN Russian Empire to USA 1880-1910


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Publishing on a Website #general

Dream Builder <dreambuilder@...>
 

In my humble opinion, it is always wrong to include information about minor
children on a public website. There are many predators online. Information
about living persons should also be very limited on a public website.

There is a way to create a "private" website where people have to send you
an email requesting permission to access the site. Several people here at
JewishGen (although I can't think who at the moment) have done this. This
allows you to find out who wants to access your site and why before
allowing them to actually do so.

Vicki Ina Friedman
Ball Ground, GA, USA
dreambuilder@tds.net

Researching: BECK, CHORNEY, DUBIN(SKY), FRIEDMAN, RECHMAN, SK(O)LOFF,
THURLIN / TURCHIN, ZEIDELMAN Russian Empire to USA 1880-1910


Re: Levitic Matzevot #rabbinic

Moshe & Esther Davis <davis@...>
 

On 2003.09.22, under the subject title "Facts and Legend," Neil
Rosenstein <neil@tali.com> wrote (in part):

. . . Even the famous epitaph of
Meshullam b. Kalonymus, who died 1171 in Mainz, does *not* have
HaLevi on it - why? . . .
That same day, Scott Rosenberg <sdavidr@mindspring.com> responded:

Why? Probably for the same reason many Levi'im aren't noted as such
on their tombstones. Levitical membership has no serious religious
import today.
Not quite. For instance, today many in E.Yisroel give ma'asar
(tithes) to both Cohanim and Levi'im.

Also, depending on your definition of "today" - one of the Rambam's
13 essential principles of faith, "... I anticipate every day that
he will come ..." is the belief in the impending coming of the
Moshiach and the rebuilding of the Beis Hamikdash, with all of
the attendant service which the Levi'im are to perform.

Thus, for an observant family (and the early generations which were
the original subject of this discussion were certainly all quite
observant), keeping note of the Levite status would be of more than
passing historical interest.

As to why many Levi'im "today" aren't noted as such on their
tombstones, for the vast majority of those individuals or families,
rampant ignorance is likely the reason. We certainly should be
extremely careful in extrapolating >from the ignorance of our own
generation to the families of the leading rabbinical figures of
earlier generations.

In terms of application to the original thread - it would appear that
the *lack* of a Levite inscription on the tombstone of an *early*
rabbinical figure would carry *more* weight in assuming that he
was *not* a Levite.

Moshe A Davis (haLevi), Jerusalem
mailto:davis@sefer.org

DAVIS/DAVIDOVICS Szeleslonka(Leh),Maramaros,Austro-Hungary; OH;CA
HAYFER/CHAIMOVICS Kovesliget(Drahiv),Maramaros,Austro-Hungary;OH;NJ;CA
WINARD/WINARSKY and METKOP Kiev;Argentina;NY;CA
BRACKER/BRECHER Bucharest/Iasi,Romania;NY;CA;AZ
ABRAMSON Zvil (Novograd-Volinsky),Ukraine;Cuba;MI;MA;NH
YAHIA/YICHYA Istanbul;Cuba;MI;CA


Rabbinic Genealogy SIG #Rabbinic Re: Levitic Matzevot #rabbinic

Moshe & Esther Davis <davis@...>
 

On 2003.09.22, under the subject title "Facts and Legend," Neil
Rosenstein <neil@tali.com> wrote (in part):

. . . Even the famous epitaph of
Meshullam b. Kalonymus, who died 1171 in Mainz, does *not* have
HaLevi on it - why? . . .
That same day, Scott Rosenberg <sdavidr@mindspring.com> responded:

Why? Probably for the same reason many Levi'im aren't noted as such
on their tombstones. Levitical membership has no serious religious
import today.
Not quite. For instance, today many in E.Yisroel give ma'asar
(tithes) to both Cohanim and Levi'im.

Also, depending on your definition of "today" - one of the Rambam's
13 essential principles of faith, "... I anticipate every day that
he will come ..." is the belief in the impending coming of the
Moshiach and the rebuilding of the Beis Hamikdash, with all of
the attendant service which the Levi'im are to perform.

Thus, for an observant family (and the early generations which were
the original subject of this discussion were certainly all quite
observant), keeping note of the Levite status would be of more than
passing historical interest.

As to why many Levi'im "today" aren't noted as such on their
tombstones, for the vast majority of those individuals or families,
rampant ignorance is likely the reason. We certainly should be
extremely careful in extrapolating >from the ignorance of our own
generation to the families of the leading rabbinical figures of
earlier generations.

In terms of application to the original thread - it would appear that
the *lack* of a Levite inscription on the tombstone of an *early*
rabbinical figure would carry *more* weight in assuming that he
was *not* a Levite.

Moshe A Davis (haLevi), Jerusalem
mailto:davis@sefer.org

DAVIS/DAVIDOVICS Szeleslonka(Leh),Maramaros,Austro-Hungary; OH;CA
HAYFER/CHAIMOVICS Kovesliget(Drahiv),Maramaros,Austro-Hungary;OH;NJ;CA
WINARD/WINARSKY and METKOP Kiev;Argentina;NY;CA
BRACKER/BRECHER Bucharest/Iasi,Romania;NY;CA;AZ
ABRAMSON Zvil (Novograd-Volinsky),Ukraine;Cuba;MI;MA;NH
YAHIA/YICHYA Istanbul;Cuba;MI;CA


Levitic Matzevot [was: The Kalonymus Family] #rabbinic

Scott Rosenberg <sdavidr@...>
 

On 2003.09.23, Chaim Freedman <chaimjan@zahav.net.il> wrote:

The key word which contradicts Scott's claim is "today." Even if
his claim that there is no significance today were true (quite
incorrect, at least on Orthodox tombstones) it has no relevance to
the period of the Kalonymides or any other medieval families whose
tombstones certainly bore the title "HaLevy" if it was justified.
One more brief word on HaLevi and tombstones: Neil Rosenstein and
Chaim Freedman raise an important points. Certainly the appellation
HaLevi is important to traditionally observant Jews. The question is
if its inclusion on a tombstone was the universal custom in early
Ashkenaz and, if not, if its inclusion had the same import in those
years as it would today.

Further, even in Orthodox circles today in many areas, the inclusion
of HaLevi is not universal. My own personal experience is that
monument manufacturers in my area of America strongly discourage
adding HaLevi to the inscription in part because of space
considerations and the additional cost to the manufacturer. I asked
an Orthodox rabbi about this and he said that its inclusion was
unimportant and was a matter of choice for the family because of the
reasons I stated in a previous post. In other words, knowing your
paternal grandfather was a Cohen is very important because of
marriage restictions and purity restrictions and other religious
functions. But, since the destruction of the Second Temple, knowing
that he was a Levi is not a religious imperative.

Scott Rosenberg


Rabbinic Genealogy SIG #Rabbinic Levitic Matzevot [was: The Kalonymus Family] #rabbinic

Scott Rosenberg <sdavidr@...>
 

On 2003.09.23, Chaim Freedman <chaimjan@zahav.net.il> wrote:

The key word which contradicts Scott's claim is "today." Even if
his claim that there is no significance today were true (quite
incorrect, at least on Orthodox tombstones) it has no relevance to
the period of the Kalonymides or any other medieval families whose
tombstones certainly bore the title "HaLevy" if it was justified.
One more brief word on HaLevi and tombstones: Neil Rosenstein and
Chaim Freedman raise an important points. Certainly the appellation
HaLevi is important to traditionally observant Jews. The question is
if its inclusion on a tombstone was the universal custom in early
Ashkenaz and, if not, if its inclusion had the same import in those
years as it would today.

Further, even in Orthodox circles today in many areas, the inclusion
of HaLevi is not universal. My own personal experience is that
monument manufacturers in my area of America strongly discourage
adding HaLevi to the inscription in part because of space
considerations and the additional cost to the manufacturer. I asked
an Orthodox rabbi about this and he said that its inclusion was
unimportant and was a matter of choice for the family because of the
reasons I stated in a previous post. In other words, knowing your
paternal grandfather was a Cohen is very important because of
marriage restictions and purity restrictions and other religious
functions. But, since the destruction of the Second Temple, knowing
that he was a Levi is not a religious imperative.

Scott Rosenberg


Thoughts for the New Year... #belarus

Susan E. King <susan.king@...>
 

As the Jewish New Year approaches and we gather with family and friends
in a time of self-reflection let us also think about what the year just
passed has meant to all of us who are part of the JewishGen family.

First and foremost has been the impact of our affiliation with the
Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust which
facilitated nearly 1,000,000 new records going online. Notwithstanding
this accomplishment, more is available, more is on the way and more can
indeed be realized in the New Year.

The JewishGen mission is clear and the grassroots effort that has been
our hallmark is stronger than ever. The generosity of material
donations, the contributions of volunteer time and skills and the
financial support so generously given has played a vital role in
preserving our precious history. This same generosity will define our
future and will define the accomplishments we can achieve working
together. As you reflect on the year gone by, please give thought to the
year to come.

A financial gift in any amount, whether it be $5, $50 or $500 or more
will be instrumental in insuring that JewishGen can continue to acquire,
process and display millions of additional records and information so
vital to our research and vital to Jewish continuity.=20

With the help of all of our constituency at levels you can afford,
working together, as we have demonstrated in the past, 2 million, 3
million, 5 million new records is not out of reach. Please consider a
gift for JewishGen's future during this season by visiting
http://www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen-erosity/contribute.ihtml this day.

On behalf of the entire MJH family, the JewishGen Board, officers and
staff, we wish you all a Healthy, Prosperous and Sweet New Year.

Susan


Susan E. King
Managing Director
JewishGen, Inc.
2951 Marina Bay Dr.
Suite 130-472
League City, TX 77573
(281) 535-2200=20


Thoughts for the New Year... #latvia

Susan E. King <susan.king@...>
 

As the Jewish New Year approaches and we gather with family and friends
in a time of self-reflection let us also think about what the year just
passed has meant to all of us who are part of the JewishGen family.

First and foremost has been the impact of our affiliation with the
Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust which
facilitated nearly 1,000,000 new records going online. Notwithstanding
this accomplishment, more is available, more is on the way and more can
indeed be realized in the New Year.

The JewishGen mission is clear and the grassroots effort that has been
our hallmark is stronger than ever. The generosity of material
donations, the contributions of volunteer time and skills and the
financial support so generously given has played a vital role in
preserving our precious history. This same generosity will define our
future and will define the accomplishments we can achieve working
together. As you reflect on the year gone by, please give thought to the
year to come.

A financial gift in any amount, whether it be $5, $50 or $500 or more
will be instrumental in insuring that JewishGen can continue to acquire,
process and display millions of additional records and information so
vital to our research and vital to Jewish continuity.=20

With the help of all of our constituency at levels you can afford,
working together, as we have demonstrated in the past, 2 million, 3
million, 5 million new records is not out of reach. Please consider a
gift for JewishGen's future during this season by visiting
http://www.jewishgen.org/jewishgen-erosity/contribute.ihtml this day.

On behalf of the entire MJH family, the JewishGen Board, officers and
staff, we wish you all a Healthy, Prosperous and Sweet New Year.

Susan


Susan E. King
Managing Director
JewishGen, Inc.
2951 Marina Bay Dr.
Suite 130-472
League City, TX 77573
(281) 535-2200=20