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JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen mezuza on angle #general


curwin <curwin@...>
 

While the posted question didn't seem to have anything to do with genealogy,
I think I can provide an answer with some connection to genealogy.

There was a disagreement between the Sages as to whether the mezuza
should be placed horizontally or vertically. As a compromise, it was placed
on an angle.

The lesson to be learned >from this, is that if one was to come and look
at the mezuza without knowing the background, he would think that it was
placed on an angle as the ideal state. But someone who knows the
story, is aware that there is nothing ideal about the angle, but the significance
lies in the disagreement between the horizontal and vertical positions.

This is an important lesson for our genealogical searches - sometimes the
final result we see is much less important than the developments that led to
it. This can be for a surname, a town of origin or any other search.

The example of the "mezuza on an angle" is used by Rabbi Mordechai
BREUER, one of the most important teachers of Bible today. He is
the grandson of Rabbi Shlomo BREUR, who was the son-in-law of Rabbi
Shimshon (Samson) Raphael HIRSH, of Frankfurt, Germany.


--
-David Curwin
curwin@gezernet.co.il
Kvutzat Yavne, Israel

researching:
SUZMAN Balbieriskis, Lithuania
PAGLIN Lithuania
ROGOFF Raguva/Vilkomir/Anyksciai, Lithuania
BERMAN Anyksciai, Lithuania
TATELMAN, MIRVIS Seduva, Lithuania
FRAKT, CRONIK Jonava, Lithuania
GARBER Krekenava, Lithuania
BUROFSKY (BOROWSKI, BURROWS) Salantai, Lithuania /Gdansk, Poland
ZIDES, ONGEIBERG Slutsk, Belarus
YASKOLKA Ciechanowiec/Grodno, Poland
MALOWER Lomza, Poland