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Mar.22.2012
Through the ages, people became very creative in the ways they altered their names. Many non-Jewish names managed to become popular Jewish names but Rabbis were strict about which names a child could use. They were concerned over the practice of naming Jewish babies gentile names and set up...
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Mar.11.2012
Diaspora is the Greek word for “a scattering.” An old dictionary I have, defines Diaspora in two ways. One definition is, “Jews scattered through the Old World after the Exile” and the other is “Jewish Christians of the apostolic age living among the heathen”.   Suellen Ocean is the author of...
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Mar.04.2012
Many of the early colonists (who were converts to the Dutch Reformed Church, “Calvinists” and whose parents or grandparents had been Jews from the Inquisition) continued to conceal their Jewish origins. Since the New York area was such a birthplace for America, if the colonists who came from...
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Mar.02.2012
In the early stages of my researching, I started collecting so many names with whom my ancestors colonized with, married, bought from, sold to, etc. that I started calling them “the gang” and found it crucial that I research their names too. The clues that lay in the names of the associates were...
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Jan.30.2012
A couple thousand years ago there was a "country" called Aram. It was part of Syria. The people who dwelt there were Semitic and called Aramaeans. Their language was Aramaic, which Jesus spoke. But the term Aramaean later came to denote those who were Pagan; the Christians took the title of Syrians...
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Jan.16.2012
The variety of surname prefixes and endings that came about in the Netherlands after the Inquisition could be a study in itself. There’s “van” and “van de” or “van der”. There’s the French prefixes of “de”, “d’” and “ver”. There are the endings of “sz” or “x”. The “sz” sounds Eastern European and...
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Jan.12.2012
     Though intermarrying happened within all ethnic groups, tribes, etc. the Jews of the Middle Ages did not approve of it. They were very strict with their laws and customs and they did not think it enough to have faith in God but believed it crucially important to follow the...
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Nov.14.2011
     After spending years on the genealogical websites, I have come to believe that I can help millions of Americans who have reached dead ends in regard to their family trees. Even after several years of hunches that my ancestors were Jewish, there was always doubt, but the...
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Nov.02.2011
We should not assume that our ancestors three or four hundred years ago were Christians. Yes they may have their names in church records, church marriage records, etc. but this does not mean they were not Jewish.  Nor am I trying to say they weren't Christians. They could easily have been...
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Oct.18.2011
My sister texted me from the theatre while watching Sarah’s Key. “You really think we’re Jewish?” she asked. “Both of our parents had Jewish ancestry which their ancestors kept a secret.” I texted back. “I can see why,” she answered. “It was awful!”   Yes, it was awful but today there is no...