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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.


Jan
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answered Where can I find Prenumeraten/Prenumeranten?
Jan
13
comment Kosher Cheese without a posted hechsher
OK, here's either a comment or answer: Check out this website that lists all kinds of cheeses in the USA. Surely some must make it up north: kcheese.com/US.htm
Jan
12
comment Dipping fingers in Havdalah Wine
My father who was born in Slovakia to a father who had smicha from the Pressburg Yeshiva, had the custom of dipping pinkies in the havdallah wine and tapping them to his forehead and pants' pockets. He told me that it was in hopes of not having any headaches (physically or spiritually, I presume) and having parnassah throughout the week. He died when I was 15, so I never had a chance to ask him any other details. But if this is what he learned at home, it must have been quite acceptable.
Jan
12
comment When did the use of Rashei Tevot, Heh Kuf, הק׳ in writings, books, letters, etc., begin?
Actually, in the hand-written letters I have seen, the ה and ק are scripted together, so הק׳ is probably a better way to have written it. That in itself took a while to unravel! Interestingly, I also saw it in a letter that one of my great uncles wrote to his brother, neither of whom were rabbis.
Jan
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Jan
12
asked When did the use of Rashei Tevot, Heh Kuf, הק׳ in writings, books, letters, etc., begin?
Jan
12
answered how to call up a kohen/levi as acharon
Jan
12
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Jan
12
revised Illegitimacy in 18th-19th century Europe
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Jan
11
comment Kosher Cheese without a posted hechsher
I presume you are asking about hard cheeses or slices or blocks, because you should not have difficulty finding some cream cheeses and cottage cheeses with hasgachot. (As for kosher Parmesan, Miller's makes a grated Parmesan in a shaker container that can be refrigerated and lasts for ever (or until Pesach, when you might want to get a new one!)
Jan
11
comment Illegitimacy in 18th-19th century Europe
All good information and thanks for responding.
Jan
11
comment Illegitimacy in 18th-19th century Europe
All good information and thanks for responding.
Jan
11
comment Illegitimacy in 18th-19th century Europe
All good information and thanks for responding.
Jan
11
asked Illegitimacy in 18th-19th century Europe
Jan
3
comment Where can I find Prenumeraten/Prenumeranten?
Your definition is certainly more succinct and accurate than mine. Thanks. Madeleine
Jan
3
comment Where can I find Prenumeraten/Prenumeranten?
THanks, Dave, but my search on that website resulted in a snippet about the Kezmarker's Rabbi son (Meir Gruenberg) in the USA. Wrong time period. But thanks for the reference.
Jan
3
awarded  Commentator
Jan
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comment Where can I find Prenumeraten/Prenumeranten?
Thank you, but in looking for what I needed, this source referenced only the Chief Rabbis of the community, while my grandfather assisted the rabbi since it was not his full time job. But I appreciate your effort.
Jan
2
comment Where can I find Prenumeraten/Prenumeranten?
Of course I tried that -- spelling it in English and Hebrew. It was only because I couldn't find anythin that I decided to post it here.
Jan
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asked Where can I find Prenumeraten/Prenumeranten?