I am named after my grandfather and great grandfather on my mother's side, both of whom were Ramaniote. My name, therefore, is "Avram Mosh" (אברם מוש) instead of "Avraham Moshe" (אברהם משה). I've been told that the reason for this was because Ramaniote Jews do not put the hei in their names. Is this the case, and why?

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    Could be related to the fact that Modern Greek doesn't have the phoneme /h/.
    – user3318
    Commented Jan 8, 2014 at 15:34
  • Nor Greek from a couple thousand years ago, from what I've been told about translations of Tanakh into that language. Commented Jan 8, 2014 at 15:36
  • That would explain the "Avram" but then how would that explain the "Mosh"? Commented Jan 12, 2014 at 8:48
  • It would also explain the Mosh because the vowelization under the shin is dropped with the hai. Commented Jan 19, 2018 at 0:13


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