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Re: Translation from German to English #translation

Omri Arnon
 

Hello,

For some reason the post was mixed with another post. Please post this email again.

 

I've posted a vital record in German for which I need a translation. It is on ViewMate at the following address ... 

https://www.jewishgen.org/ViewMate/responselist.asp?key=89388

The original document is here :  https://tinyurl.com/yc2dh47z on pages 201-212

I would greatly appreciate any additional details in the pages mentioned, that could bring to light my ancestor Israel Wolf.

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much.

Omri Arnon


British veterans of the Spanish Civil War #unitedkingdom

jeremy frankel
 

Dear Genners,

Following on from the recent discussion about the people who volunteered and fought in the Spanish Civil War, those with an interest in British veterans may like to know about an article that appeared in the most recent issue of “The Volunteer,” the newsletter of the American non-profit, the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA). The article is entitled “Remembering the IB in Britain.”

The IB, or, the IBMT to give it its full title — the International Brigade Memorial Trust, was set up to keep alive the memory of those British volunteers, who fought in the Spanish Civil War. The IBMT is about 20 years old.

If anyone is interested in seeing the article, it can be seen here:
https://albavolunteer.org/2022/08/starting-the-ibmt-is-the-best-thing-weve-ever-done-checking-in-with-albas-younger-sister-across-the-pond/

Enjoy!


Jeremy G Frankel
formerly Edgware, Middlesex, England
now Sacramento, California, USA

Searching for:
FRANKEL/FRENKEL/FRENKIEL: Gombin, Poland; London, England
GOLDRATH/GOLD: Praszka, Poland; London, England
KOENIGSBERG: Vilkaviskis, Lithuania; London, England; NY, USA
LEVY (later LEADER): Kalisz, Poland; London, England
PINKUS, Poland; London, England
PRINCZ/PRINCE: Krakow, Poland; London, England; NY, USA


Re: Who was Rashi's maternal uncle? #rabbinic

Ittai Hershman
 

For completeness, from Grossman, “Rashi” (Littman, 2012), pp. 13-4
 
“There are numerous folk legends about Rashi's birth, especially the miracles wrought for his mother during her pregnancy, and about his father and his father's journeys outside France and meetings with various sages, including Maimonides. None of these legends is reliably documented, however, and nothing can be gleaned from them about the events of Rashi's life. They grew as a result of the widespread reverence for Rashi and the luminous halo that became part of his image. They also reflect the cultural world of Jewish society in the late Middle Ages--a time that saw the composition, in Jewish circles as in Christian, of numerous hagiographical works recounting the miracles performed for holy men.
 
Reliable information about Rashi's parents likewise is lacking. He appears to mention his father once in his commentary on the Talmud: 'the words of my father and teacher, may his rest be honoured' (on AZ 75a, vela peligei; but it is uncertain whether Rashi wrote that himself or it was written by his grandson, Rashbam, who was referring to his own father, Rabbi Meir). Had Rashi's father been a great and renowned sage, Rashi might be expected to have mentioned him more often in his commentaries on the Bible and the Talmud and in his hundreds of responsa, as was the practice of the sages of the time. In the passage from MS Parma quoted above, Rashi's father is referred to as the holy Rabbi Isaac';, but it is doubtful that this tells us anything about his character. Most likely he was so designated because he had a son as distinguished as Rashi. The writers appear to have been Rashi's students, as they call him the great rabbi [teacher] rather than 'the great exegete', as he was known in later times, and it is possible that they were acquainted with his father and referred to him as 'the holy' because of his qualities. In one of his acrostic liturgical poems, Rashi refers to his father as ribi yitshak (Rabbi Isaac), lending further support though hardly unambiguous proof to the premise that he was a scholar. In any case, it is evident from the sources that Rashi was not a scion of one of the distinguished Ashkenazi families of the time. It may be assumed that his father was a poor man, for he does not appear to have supported his son, as he might otherwise have been expected to do, during the latter's studies in Germany. Rashi says he struggled for food and clothing for himself and his family, as we shall see below.
 
We have no information about Rashi's mother either. His considerable concern for the dignity and rights of women allows us to infer, however, that his mother was devoted to her son and that he loved and esteemed her. Rashi's maternal uncle was a renowned scholar, whom Rashi referred to as 'Rabbi Simeon the Elder. It is not known for certain who he was, but chronology makes it evident it was not Rabbi Simeon ben Isaac ben Abun, the greatest liturgical poet of early Ashkenaz. The uncle studied with Rabbenu Gershom in Mainz, Germany. Rashi relied on a halakhic work he had written and probably studied with him. It is quite possible that the uncle's influence contributed to Rash's decision to travel to Mainz and study in its yeshiva. Several other of Rashi's relatives are mentioned in various manuscripts, but their identities are unclear.
 
No information on Rashi's wife has come down to us, and we do not even know her name. In one responsum, he writes that she sent a messenger to the synagogue on the eighth day of Passover to tell him that a non-Jew had sent him a gift of food. It is not known whether she took an active part in supporting the family, as was the practice of many Jewish women in Germany and northern France at the time. They had three or four daughters, two of whom — Jochebed (known as the pious'") and Miriam — were married to great scholars. Jochebed married Rabbi Meir ben Samuel, and their four sons, Rashi's grandsons, went on to become great scholars too. Two of the grandsons — Rashbam and Rabbenu Tam —  are among the leading French tosafists. Miriam married Rabbi Judah ben Nathan (Rivan). The third daughter, Rachel, was apparently married to a Rabbi Eliezer, of whom nothing else is known, but they divorced after a brief while. There may have been a fourth daughter who died in childhood.
 
Over the generations, Rash's descendants played important roles in community leadership and were among the most prominent tosafists. Of particular note is his great-grandson, Rabbi Isaac ben Samuel of Dampierre, known as Rabbi Isaac the Elder (hazaken), who was the leading tosafist of the last quarter of the twelfth century. The existence of families of scholars and communal leaders, whose descenants exercised multi-generational communal leadership, was widespread in other Jewish centres in the Middle Ages and was also common within the Christian world. The fame of Rashi's family and the esteem in which it was widely held led many people over the ages to try to identify themselves with it. Many documents attesting to that pedigree record unsubstantiated traditions and cannot be relied upon.”

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There may be some OCR errors: I did a phone scan from my paperback copy and lightly edited primarily to fix formatting.

Ittai Hershman
New York City

 


TUCHMAN, Jawornik Polski, Poland #poland

Yale Reisner
 

ב"ה
Dear JewishGenners:
 
The September 6, 2022 edition of the Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita carried a legal notice from the Regional Court in Przeworsk, First Civil Division, indicating that one Zbigniew Sinkowski has submitted to the Court an application on behalf of Józefa (née Kowaliło) Sinkowska to claim title over a property in the village of Jawornik Polski.
 
The property in contention is nr ewid. 438/1 consisting of 0.2652 hectares (0.655 acres) offered as a substitute for dz. 3492, created on the basis of land parcel 3323/5 a/k/a LWH 331 gm. kat. Jawronik.  There are numerous co-owners of record, pnly one of which appears to be a Jew:
 
Naftali TUCHMAN.
 
The Court asks that anyone with information about Naftali TUCHMAN or his legal heirs contact the Court directly within three months of publication of the notice.  If no heirs come forward, the applicant's request will likely be granted.
 
Best wishes,
 
Yale J. Reisner
Warsaw, Poland
JGFF #913980
 
 


Re: Who was Rashi's maternal uncle? #rabbinic

Dan Rottenberg
 

Adam, Yossi,

Many thanks for the Grossman citation and this translation from Grossman's Hebrew. To my mind, our exchange epitomizes what the JewishGen discussion group Group is all about. Thanks to the Internet, in the space of a day we have accomplished what might have taken medieval scholars years!
Incidentally, my own interest in Rashi's genealogy stems from my recent discovery that Rashi was probably the ggg-grandfather of my ancestor Meir ben Baruch of Rothenburg (1215-1293). Meir's mother, Gutlin bat Eleazar of Worms, was descended from Rashi through her mother, and also from the Kalonymus family through her father, the celebrated mystic Eleazar ben Yehuda Kalonymus of Worms (1160-1238). The Kalonymus family was both prolific and ubiquitous! 
Dan Rottenberg
Philadelphia PA USA
dan@...


Re: Volunteer Russian Transcriber Needed #ukraine #translation #russia

E Feinstein
 

A Dr. Joseph ASH responded to our post about Russian transcribers.  However, your/his email in his response came out as gibberish.
Can you please send me another email and include your contact information again however in the text of the email so we can be in touch?
Thank you.
Eric FEINSTEIN

Moderator note: Please send the information requested back to Eric directly instead of to the entire Discussion group. If you do not know how to reply directly to an individual, please see:

 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1W1tIJXY80vSMUUCbifHcUFa9ao3o8MzZ7kHAGbY_qE8/edit?usp=sharing

 

 


Re: Could two brothers both be nicknamed Alter? #galicia

Adam Turner
 

That there were two wives is a possibility, also (note that it would likely have been the reverse: Chaya Rost would have been the first wife; her daughter Sossie was older than the other known children). Though that interpretation is not without its potential problems, either, given the limited information in the original post:

  • The listed age of the Sossie who died in 1884 (daughter of "Chaya Rost") does not quite perfectly match the birthdate of the Sossie who was born in 1875 (daughter of "Gittel")
  • It would require us to assume that the OP's knowledge of her great-grandfather's birthdate is off by ~5 years - he would likely be the Chaim Elia born to Gittel Kurz in 1877.
  • The OP stated that she believes that her gg-grandmother's name was Chaya Rost - I assumed this came from family lore or from some US vital record rather than from searching JRI-Poland. But the mother of the Chaim-Elia who was born in Czortkow in 1877 is specifically listed in the index as Gittel Kurz.
I am tempted to think that "Chaya Rost" could actually be the same person as Gittel Kurz, that she had a compound name like Chaya-Gittel, and that the "Rost" could have come from the tendency in Galician records to use a person's mother's maiden name as their surname when their parents did not officially register their marriage. The problem with that is that if her name was really Chaya-Gittel, it seems unlikely to me that she would have namedone of her own twins "Chaya" in 1877. There is also the problem that a search in the database shows loads of other people named "Rost" specifically in Czortkow, suggesting that that might have indeed been Sossie's mother's surname rather than a translation/indexing error resulting from the bad condition of the original pages. None of these other Rosts are from Jezierzany.

There is a likely match for one of Gittel Kurz's daughters, with the English name "Jennie," marrying a Morris Weissbrod in Manhattan in 1903:
https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:24H3-ZL4
https://a860-historicalvitalrecords.nyc.gov/view/8399994 (caution: this link may not be permanent)

There is a Jennie Weisbrod who died in the Bronx in 1961 and is buried in Mount Hebron Cemetery - and the stone lists her name as Zlata bat r'Yitzchak Yosef - suggesting that she was highly likely to have been the Zlata Kern listed in the database as a daughter of Isaac Josef (Alter) Kern and Gittel Kurz of Czortkow, born in 1880.

If the OP knows that Jennie Weisbrod was a sister of her great-grandfather, maybe that is sufficient corroboration that at least the "two" Alters listed in the records are actually the same person?

Curiously, one of the witnesses listed on this marriage record was named Max Rost.

Adam Turner


Re: Prezlau vs Przelav vs Przeclaw vs ?? #records

Sheryl Prenzlau
 

My name is Prenzlau. It is a small town in Germany and possibly what your sources are referring  to. 
Sheryl Wachsman Prenzlau 


MAHLER, FISCHER, REINER, Mędrzechów, Poland #poland

Yale Reisner
 

ב"ה

Dear JewishGenners:


The September 6, 2022 edition of the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza carried a legal notice from the Regional Court in Dąbrowa Tarnowska, First Civil Division, indicating that a man named Władysław Bzdula is seeking to claim permanent title to a property that he currently occupies.  The Court is therefore seeking heirs to the owners of record - the Commune of Mędrzechów and...


Feigla MAHLER and


Sala (née FISCHER) REINER.


The property in question is a parcel of land of 0.39 hectares (0.964 acres) designated as dz. nr 1002/2, comprised of LWH 413 & 273 gm. kat. Mędrzechów.


The Court asks that anyone with knowledge of these individuals or their legal heirs contact the Court directly within three months of the publication of the notice.  Otherwise, the property will be granted to the petitioner.


Best wishes,


Yale J. Reisner

Warsaw, Poland

JGFF #913980

<yalereisner@...>

 

 

 


ViewMate translation request - Yiddish #translation

mascardera@...
 

I'm requesting a translation of the Yiddish text on the back of a card. It is on ViewMate at the following address ...
https://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM99861

The front of the card had a picture of an unknown woman.  I don't know when or where the picture was taken, though it might have been in Amdur, Russia.  I am hoping to identify the woman and her relationship to my family.

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much.

Maria Scardera


Viewmate translation request - probably Yiddish #translation

Cathy Miller
 

I've posted the back of a photograph with barely legible script that I think is in Yiddish for which I need a translation - anything that can be deduced from the writing will b e help[ful
 
It is on ViewMate at the following address
 
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

With much appreciation.
Cathy Miller

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Cathy Miller, New Zealand
cathymillernz@...


Viewmate translation request - probably Russian #translation

Cathy Miller
 

I've posted a document that I think is in Russian for which I need a partial translation - sufficient to give me the vital details of the individuals (including patronymic), relevant dates (birth, marriage) and addresses. I believe this to be a marriage record 
 
It is on ViewMate at the following address
 
https://www.jewishgen.org/viewmate/viewmateview.asp?key=VM99846
 
Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

With much appreciation.
Cathy Miller

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Cathy Miller, New Zealand
cathymillernz@...


ViewMate translation request - Russian #poland #russia #translation

Greg Tuckman
 

Hello everyone,
I've posted 5 vital records in Russian for which I need translations.  They are on ViewMate at the following addresses ...

1.  Marriage record of ZYLBERNIS - APELBAUM/MALAMET:  https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.jewishgen.org%2Fviewmate%2Fviewmateview.asp%3Fkey%3DVM99873&amp;data=05%7C01%7C%7Ca57b07861ac3433ebd1c08da912080c1%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637981866035561414%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&amp;sdata=qJ8aQ3r8cvYI6p4gRftok3qMqnXANak6rC5%2BOcZk12c%3D&amp;reserved=0

2.  Death record of Icek ZYLBERNIS:  https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.jewishgen.org%2Fviewmate%2Fviewmateview.asp%3Fkey%3DVM99874&amp;data=05%7C01%7C%7C337a42f5a6374700594608da9120829d%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637981866077121216%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&amp;sdata=74KU%2FgQj28FfAJZ1y07Cd5K12FsdSaQS69mnTFjCc1M%3D&amp;reserved=0

3.  Birth record of Jeremiasz ZYLBERNIS:  https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.jewishgen.org%2Fviewmate%2Fviewmateview.asp%3Fkey%3DVM99875&amp;data=05%7C01%7C%7Cbf9a4c91f2a54ff86b3008da912083fe%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637981866093370141%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&amp;sdata=G86tnMW4oq69dcM2%2Fl8rfV4eIBluXaUTjkNsXcUNC9Y%3D&amp;reserved=0

4.  Birth record of Laja Ruchla ZYLBERNIS:  https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.jewishgen.org%2Fviewmate%2Fviewmateview.asp%3Fkey%3DVM99876&amp;data=05%7C01%7C%7C1c01a6b4e41846dbfb5b08da91208530%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637981866106494300%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&amp;sdata=1iKhssYYuOAu1XWWtt16DJcH5retOV8%2BzzugYN%2B9Dl4%3D&amp;reserved=0

5.  Birth record of Rywka ZYLBERNIS:  https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.jewishgen.org%2Fviewmate%2Fviewmateview.asp%3Fkey%3DVM99877&amp;data=05%7C01%7C%7C85d80b866a7449a1542608da912086bb%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637981866126180508%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000%7C%7C%7C&amp;sdata=tfuiNztQsl%2FrsmYkn%2B41cScINMBwBrQ9coUoKbyZDpg%3D&amp;reserved=0

Please respond via the form provided on the ViewMate image page.

Thank you very much.

Greg Tuckman
Phoenix, Arizona USA


Re: Kohen Hands on Woman's grave stone #usa

Annette Weiss
 

It looks like Carrie's maiden name was Kahn, which is a variation of Cohen, so it's possible that her family wanted her heritage to be recognized, even though the hand symbol is usually reserved for men.

Annette Weiss
aweissny@...

Researching:
Weiss, Wajs, Pakula and Dziedzinsky from the Lodz area of Poland
Teiksler, Zweifler, Schwartz and Kessler from Stanislawow (former Austro-Hungarian Empire, now Ivano-Frankivsk in Ukraine
Siegel, Segal, Cigel, and Katz from Suwalki area in Lithuania/Poland


ERLICH, Łomża, Poland #poland

Yale Reisner
 

ב"ה

Dear JewishGenners:

 

The September 5, 2022 edition of the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza carried a legal notice from the Regional Court in Łomża, First Civil Division, indicating that the Court, on behalf of the City of Łomża, is seeking the heirs to

 

Abram ERLICH, son of Mendel & Estera, who died in Jerusalem on February 7, 1999 where he had resided.

 

Anyone with knowledge of Abram ERLICH’s heirs is asked to contact the Court directly within three months of the notice’s publication.  If no one contacts the Court within that time period, the Court will stipulate that there are no heirs and will grant the (unspecified) property to the City.

 

In contacting the Court, reference should be made to Docket No. I Ns 855/19.

 

Best wishes,

 

Yale J. Reisner

Warsaw, Poland

JGFF #913980

<yalereisner@...>

 

 


Land Records for Maramaros-Sziget #hungary #romania

Jerry Zeisler
 

Can anyone point me to the proper government agency in Romania that manages the historical property records for Maramaros-Sziget? I'm trying to locate original land records from 1887 if they still exist. 

Thank you.

Jerry Zeisler
Ashburn, Virginia USA

 


Re: Could two brothers both be nicknamed Alter? #galicia

Fay Bussgang
 

I would wonder if it isn't the same person. Maybe his wife died and he married Chaja Rost.

Fay Bussgang
Dedham, MA


Re: Who was Rashi's maternal uncle? #rabbinic

Adam Cherson
 

Dan,

I've translated the Grossman source provided by Rossi and it says:

"According to many researchers, Rashi was also included in this family [refers to the tree printed on page 91], because she [Rashi's mother] was a sister of Rabbi Shimon ben Yitzchak [according to these scholars]. This is based on the words of Rashi himself, who mentions in his commentaries several times the Torah words of a sage named R. Shimon the Elder, whom he calls "my uncle" or "my mother's brother", who received Torah from Morgam'a [i.e. R' Gershom]. Mikal and Zunz [two scholars] assumed that he was Shimon ben Yitzchak. Others received from them, and there are also [who] from the latter, still hold this belief. Weiss [another scholar] came out against this identification, in his response, because we did not find that Rabbi Shimon ben Yitzchak was called "the old man," but "the great one," and that he was not a student of Ragam'a [R' Gershom]. It is difficult to rely on the first argument. It is doubtful whether there is any consistency in giving titles of this kind, especially when the title "the great" originates (in homage to Rabbi Shimon) in the Beit Madrasham of Sidi Ashkenaz, the later Rashi [not sure of the translation of this last phrase]. His second claim is true, and it can be helped from another source, from the chronology. R. Shimon ben Yitzchak was older than Margam'a Katz [i.e. R' Gershom], according to Rashi's words, "It is seen in the eyes of Rabbi Shimon bar Yitzchak and in the eyes of Rabbi Gershon N'A and in my eyes Solomon of Troyish, the city in France." [The author here implies that the order of the Rashi's list shows the respective ages of the Rabbis as explained in the next sentence] Rashi highly valued Ragma [R' Gershom] and saw him as "the greatest of the world". It is far from him, therefore, that he would have [named] Rabbi Shimon ahead of him, if he had not been the older of the two. Also in the legendary source mentioned above there is a hint of this, "And when Rabbi Gershom came to our Rabbi Shimon the Great, they received a beautiful welcome and read the Torah together." Rabbi Shimon's estimated time is 950-1020, and it is even possible, if not slightly earlier. It is difficult to interpret, because his sister gave birth to a son in 1040, which is the year of Rashi's birth. [This last sentence is difficult for me to translate but I believe what Grossman means is what you were saying in the initial post: it would be difficult chronologically for R' Shimon the Great, 950-1020, to have had a sister who gave birth to a son, Rashi, in 1040].

All bracketed material is my commentary.



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Adam Cherson,NY, NY
Benyakonski, Kherszon, Rubinovich, Solts, Grodsinski, Levine, Cohen, Kaplan, Lubetski, Karchmer, Horwitz, Rabinovich, Zussman (Lida, Voronova, Dieveniskes, Konvaliski, Smarhon, Vilna)
Genomics Publications and Presentations: https://independent.academia.edu/AdamCherson


Re: Labor Battalion 105/32 #hungary

Peter Cherna
 

The book "Conscripted Slaves: Hungarian Jewish Forced Laborers on the Eastern Front during the Second World War", by Robert Rozett, has information about overall conditions and experiences of the people in the labor battalions. In the index specific KMSZ units are mentioned, and there is a brief mention of 105/32. It basically matches your information, in that it states "on July 2[5]th 1944. ... 120 men from the 105/32 KMSZ Company in Krasnoye ... went missing."

You should try contacting the Hungarian military records archive at  hadtortenelmi.leveltar@... -- give them everything you know (father's name(s), date and place of birth, unit number, etc.) When I have enquired I have received an answer in about a week. They were able to locate a small amount of additional details from military records and also from some historical works on the Labor Batallions (a documentary book by Elek Karsai, „Fegyvertelen álltak az aknamezőkön…” ("They stood unarmed in the minefields...").
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Peter Cherna, Exton PA (peter@...)
Researching CSERNA (Budapest, Székesfehérvár), GRUNFELD (Székesfehérvár), BRAUN, REINER (Budapest, Nyíregyháza, Máriapócs), EHRENFELD (Pozsony, Balassagyarmat) BRACK (Ipolykeszi)


Re: Who was Rashi's maternal uncle? #rabbinic

Dan Rottenberg
 

Adam,

The Loebtree scenario you cited above— in which Rashi's mother is the granddaughter of Simeon ben Isaac ben Abun ("He-Gadol, c. 950-1020)— actually make a lot of sense. 
It explains why Simon the Elder (Rashi's uncle) does not seem to have been called Simon b. Isaac b. Abun. Its also keeps Rashi's mother in the Kalonymus line— not through her father, but through her grandfather Simeon ha-Gadol. 
The chronology works, too: Rashi's mother (born. c 1010) would be about 60 years younger than her purported grandfather Simeon ha-Gadol.
Of course this must be investigated further. But I think you're on to something!
Dan Rottenberg
Philadelphia PA
dan@... 

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