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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
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
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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?
Aug
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asked Stepping back, forward and bouncing 3 times, after Shmoneh Esrei
Aug
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comment Community/Synagogue Honorifics
Well, I was told that my grandfather, in the specific town (Kezmarok, Slovakia) was at one time "Rosh Hakahal." The manuscript that I looked at, predated his existence by several decades, so he was not listed. I don't think he was the richest guy and perhaps not the most philanthropic, but the family was well-respected. He had smicha (Leopold/Aryeh Leib GOLDSTEIN) I think from the Pressburg Yeshiva, and was there to assist the Rabbi, Rabbi Avraham Grünberg, in things like the Beis Din. But he might have been the exception, rather than the rule.
Aug
18
comment Tznius In Regards to Covering Elbows
If you have not seen a woman with short, loose sleeves, you obviously don't understand the issue here. If the sleeve is short and loose, it is possible that the skin of the woman's chest, under her armpit would be visible, and therefore not tsanuah. This would certainly occur if she has to raise her arms. I hope that clarifies it for you, Menachem.
Aug
18
answered Etymology/connection between Ari, Aryeh, Yehudah, Leib, and Leibel
Aug
17
comment Community/Synagogue Honorifics
Is there any way to paste in an image? I could capture a portion of it for display. It is not on any website at this point.
Aug
17
comment Community/Synagogue Honorifics
As for the set of people, it varies from about 9-12 and they are don't appear to be the same as the others in the other functions' slots.