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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.


Aug
31
asked Stepping back, forward and bouncing 3 times, after Shmoneh Esrei
Aug
22
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.
Aug
17
awarded  Teacher
Aug
17
asked Community/Synagogue Honorifics
Aug
17
awarded  Student
Aug
17
asked Different Size Letters in the Torah
May
10
comment Are the Aramaic root ק.ב.ל and the Hebrew root ק.ב.ל related?
How would the Hebrew word, makbil מקביל, meaning "parallel," fit in with this? Is one line, opposite the other? Something to ponder.
May
10
answered Shehecheyanu on new website
May
10
answered What are the oldest known Jewish graves/tombs?
Feb
6
comment Issues with Wording, Honorifics, Symbols, Rashei Teivot on Tombstones
Thanks, Alex. I have also been told that my grandfather, Leopold (Aryeh Leib) GOLDSTEIN, who had smicha possibly from the Pressburg Yeshiva, was considered Rosh Hakehila in Kezmarok, Slovakia. I had also heard that he would meet perhaps weekly to "learn" with the Protestant minister as well. But I have no real proof of any of this. He, with grandmother, some daughters and a son were all killed in WW II. So I appreciate what you had to say in that regard.
Feb
4
asked Issues with Wording, Honorifics, Symbols, Rashei Teivot on Tombstones
Feb
4
answered What are the Hebrew titles for synagogue functionaries in various communities?
Feb
4
answered Can anyone help decipher the bottom two lines of this inscription?