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Jun.27.2013
It's been at least five years, and I've written six books on the topic and I still shake my head in disbelief and ask myself, "Are you kidding? Jewish?" Unbelievable. Both my mother and father may have heard hints of it, but it didn't sink in. I don't believe they understood that their ancestors...
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Jun.24.2013
For heavens sake, is it just me or does the expression, "High seat in the synagogue," sound Jewish? This expression is one of many you may run across, once you develop an eye and ear for it. I don't know why, after five years, I'm still shaking my head about Jewish ancestry on both my parent's...
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Feb.12.2013
What an interesting guy Noah was. Yes, yes, who hasn't heard of Noah's Ark and who doesn't wonder how in the world one guy could fit all the earth's species onto one boat? Noah was 10th down from Adam, the guy who made his famous entrance with Eve, yes that Adam... Adam and Eve. But Noah was...
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Jan.04.2013
Jonathan pronounced, "Yawn-a-tahn" in Hebrew, means, "the Lord has given". There are many historical Jonathans portrayed in the bible but probably the one most remembered is Jonathan, the eldest son of King Saul the first king of Israel. Jonathan is also remembered by his close friendship with...
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Sep.20.2012
Every time my genealogical interest is aroused, I jump on the word or idea and follow it where it leads me, to archaic definitions, unusual world history and strange websites. Ancestry searching is not an easy task, mentally or emotionally, particularly when an ancestor hides their true identity...
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Sep.04.2012
For the ancient Israelites a "Judge" was to whom the people turned to solve their differences and a Judge had enough power to act as intermediary leader in time of war. All the Judges were men except for one ... Deborah. If any of your ancestors have the name Deborah it may be that they had an...
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Aug.17.2012
After Spain and Portugal's Inquisitions, Jews who forcibly became “New Christians” and "Crypto-Jews, formed themselves into tightly-knit groups of “friends” and family, making it understandable that once you get to your family tree you should see other Jewish names. Watch for the point when they...
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Aug.13.2012
Judging by the number of Christians throughout the world, not only were the Catholic Monarchy's Inquisitions successful in "converting" Jews but Medieval Protestants were also quite competent in their ambitions to convert Jews to Christianity. So this means that there were thousands of Jews who for...
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Jul.26.2012
You might not think of a Caucasian as a minority but I often feel like one and today I understand why. When my mother's ancestors came to New Amsterdam they called themselves the "Low Dutch." They came from the lowlands of Holland and wanted to distinguish themselves from those of Germanic heritage...
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Jul.10.2012
Many of the Jews that were forced to leave Spain had previously (for their safety and security) converted to Christianity. Many knew quite a bit about how to pose as a Christian and probably even more knew how to keep their mouths shut. Perhaps it was during such trying times that the old saying, “...