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Need Help with Hebrew on Father's Grave #general


Helene Kenvin <HKENVIN/0005734940@...>
 

I am in the process of ordering my father's gravestone and
need help with the spelling of his Hebrew name. Consider this a
genealogical question in that future genealogists may wish to
determine his exact Hebrew name >from this gravestone.
My father's name is Moshe Kushma ben Avraham. Moshe and
Avraham, I believe, are spelled < mem, shin, hay > and < alef, vet,
resh, hay, mem-sofit > respectively. I am not sure about Kushma
(which jewishgen mavens previously told me is a derivative of
Yekutiel). I think "Kushma" begins with < kof > (the 27th letter of
the alphabet), but perhaps it is < caf > (the 12th letter). Is it
< kof, shin, mem, hay >, or < kof, vuv, shin, mem, hay >, or no < hay >
at all, or something else? Your help would be a mitzvah.

Helene Kenvin


MBernet@...
 

In a message dated 99-01-26 12:34:25 EST, HKENVIN/0005734940@...
writes:

<< I am not sure about Kushma
(which jewishgen mavens previously told me is a derivative of
Yekutiel). I think "Kushma" begins with < kof > (the 27th letter of
the alphabet), but perhaps it is < caf > (the 12th letter). Is it
< kof, shin, mem, hay >, or < kof, vuv, shin, mem, hay >, or no < hay >
at all, or something else? Your help would be a mitzvah.
>>

A little hard to answer since there are only 22 letters in the Hebrew
alphabet. However, if you include sin and shin and bet and vet as separate
letters, and final forms of kaf, mem, nun and so on as separate letters,
you may go up into the thirties or even higher

Since you spell Moshe, correctly according to what is called "Ktav Chaser"
it would be appropriate to spell Kushma similarly, kof shin mem heh; or,
if it is an Aramaic name, kof shin mem alef. If it's >from Yekiutiel (could
be, but I'm not convinced --the common abbreviation for that would be Kusi
or Kuti) you'd definitely spell it with a kof--but with a Tav, not a Shin.
Without being privy to what Kushma might have been in its Hebrew form (if
any), it would be difficult to be precise. If you consider it a "free-
standing name, spell it the Yiddish phonetic way, Kof vav, shin, mem,
(alef), heh.

You may be able to get his proper name >from documentations of circumcision,
marriage, bar mitzvah or synagogue entries. If you do not find such
entries, it's likely that he didn't "officially" use that name in a Jewish
context. You could leave it out especially if it is not used in the civil
records.

Michael Bernet, New York

seeking:

BERNET, BERNAT, BAERNET, BERNERTH etc >from Frensdorf, Bamberg, Nurnberg
KONIGSHOFER: Welbhausen, Konigshofen, Furth; JONDORF, Bavaria
ALTMANN: Kattowitz, Breslau, Poznan, Beuthen--Upper Silesia/Poland
WOLF: Frankfurt (Aron Wolf m. Babette Goldschmidt ca 1860) also in
Wurzburg, also Sali WOLF, Rotterdam


MomDGP <momdgp@...>
 

I found 2 ways to check on the spelling.
The first is >from the monument company where I ordered my mother's
gravestone. They can help with standard spelling.
The second way is when I mentioned to them that I've heard my mother's
father was a kohan, but was never able to confirm it. The man taking my
order suggested checking her ketubah (which, luckily, I had). Not only did
it confirm my mother's hebrew name, but it listed my grandfather's hebrew
name followed by "the kohan"!

Hope this helps.

Dena Price

DG Price, New Jersey