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I am a former computer programmer/technical writer and am currenlty retired. I have been involved in researching genealogy in the Spis Region of Slovakia and certain towns in Poland. Since there are almost no Jews living in the Spis Region now, I have a colleague, an Evangelical Christian, living in Kezmarok, who has undertaken to travel and photograph tombstones in the abandoned/destroyed/neglected Jewish Cemeteries there.

Since 2004, he has e-mailed me these photographs and I have translated and captured relevant information from the tombstones. He has also found birth, marriage, and death records for the same towns, and we maintain spreadsheets of this information. We also published a small book about our findings.

People looking for their ancestors have benefited greatly from this information.

Some of my questions are a direct result from my on-going research and attempts to understand what I cannot find anywhere else.


Jul
20
revised Stepping back, forward and bouncing 3 times, after Shmoneh Esrei
Most questions about Shmoneh Esreh appear written and responded to by men. So this is from a woman's perspective and other women questioners. I also added about copying the younger, better-educated women.
Jul
2
awarded  Curious
Feb
4
awarded  Yearling
Dec
15
asked Are gold (or silver) jewelry charms considered avodah zarah?
Nov
8
comment Community/Synagogue Honorifics
I learned a bit more about No. 8, the אנשי שם קרואי מועד Anshei Shem Kruei Moed. It would seem that if the community didn't have a head rabbi, that they had a group of honorable men who comprised a council and could make decisions on behalf or for the community. See also Devarim (Numbers) 16:2, with the words slightly rearranged.
Feb
4
awarded  Yearling
Oct
25
revised Where can I find Prenumeraten/Prenumeranten?
edited title
Sep
20
comment Becoming Bnei Eretz Yisroel on Yom Tov
Please comment on the "ownership of land in Israel" as being a criteria for keeping only one day yom tov. Would owning burial plots in Israel be considered sufficient criteria in that case to keep only one day? Also, there are people who once came from chu"l to live in Israel, switching from 2 to 1, went back to chu"l, and kept 2, then come back to visit for numerous yamim tovim. So that's a lot of switching back and forth. Hard to know what to do when!
Jul
7
comment Non-Jews Tending to Abandoned Cemeteries
OK, the opinion I got from the rabbi who had relatives buried in such a cemetery, was that this should not be a problem. As some of you have indicated, even the Jewish organizations who do restorations employ non-Jews. It probably is not necessary to have a Mashgiach, if they can be relied upon to do the work in a respectful manner. I think I can live with that and not worry about it any more! The rabbi felt these people are really doing a very good thing. I'll add, ken yirbu! Thanks everyone!
Jul
4
comment Non-Jews Tending to Abandoned Cemeteries
I always appreciate the responses I get from everyone -- isn't that really the best raison d'etre of this website anyway? Since submitting this question here, I also managed to submit a similarly worded question to a rabbi who has visited such a cared-for cemetery because of an ancestor buried in it. I'm hoping he'll have an answer or psak for me. If so, I'll be glad to share!
Jul
4
revised Non-Jews Tending to Abandoned Cemeteries
edited title
Jul
3
awarded  Nice Question
Jul
3
comment Non-Jews Tending to Abandoned Cemeteries
For me it is worrisome -- have they been doing an averah? Have I been encouraging them to continue this work? The valuable information they have helped collect through their efforts have helped people living today to reconnect with their ancestors. Many rabbanim have visited from Israel, USA, and elsewhere and have been very grateful for their efforts.
Jul
3
asked Non-Jews Tending to Abandoned Cemeteries
Jun
19
awarded  Scholar
Jun
19
accepted Community/Synagogue Honorifics
Jun
19
revised Community/Synagogue Honorifics
added 160 characters in body
Jun
18
comment When/where did the practice of “recycling” names begin?
Thanks for that, but there's a long expanse from those guys until the next time, perhaps? Thanks
Jun
18
comment When/where did the practice of “recycling” names begin?
Thanks for the extensive comment and the Hebrew pasukim. Of course, I realize it was an Ashkenazi custom to name after the deceased, but even naming it after the living implies "recycling" a name. Thanks Alex and Charles.
Jun
18
comment When/where did the practice of “recycling” names begin?
I sincerely looked through 10 pages of questions under the tag of "names" and did not find this question. That's why I felt I could send this in. I confess to not knowing EVERYONE mentioned in the Torah, but it certainly seemed that way. Thanks for your comment though!