Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Shinu es shemam

Someone should make a list of the Hebrew names of notable Jewish scholars and academics who are better known by their shem chol.

Let's start.

Cecil Roth - Betzalel.
Salo W. Baron - Shalom.

51 comments:

  1. Mississippi - Mordechai
    Fred - Chaim
    Macdowell - ?

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  2. Mississippi - מיינסטר
    Fred - פרוים
    MacDowell - איש לייקווד

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  3. Martin Buber - Mordechai
    Franz Rosenzweig - Levy

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  4. Richard Cohen - Yerachmiel
    Marc Shapiro - Melech

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  5. Adolf Jellinek - Aharon
    Moritz Steinschneider - Moshe

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  6. Gershom Scholem's shem koydesh was Gerhardt. (Haha.)

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  7. Leopold Zunz - Yom Tov Lippman Tzuntz
    Isadore Twersky - Yitzchak Asher Twersky

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  8. Curly Howard = Yehuda Leib ben Shlomo Nosson Halevi

    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=511

    Top that one!

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  9. וידאל די טולושא (Vidal of Tolosa)
    a.k.a as the author of Magid Mishne

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    1. We don't know what his Hebrew name was.

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    2. Isn't Vidal Chaim?

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  10. does anybody have Moritz Steinschneider's hebrew name?

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  11. Bonastruc de Porta = Moshe

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  12. Noted scholar Gene Simmons - Chaim Weiz

    DF

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  13. Alexander Kohut = Chanoch Yehuda
    Marcus Jastrow = Mordechai
    Louis Finkelstein = Eliezer Arye
    Heinrich Graetz = Tzvi Hirsh
    Franz Kafka = Anshel

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    1. Louis Ginsberg- Levi.

      In one of his books on the Rav, R' Schachter refers to his colleague "Resh-Kaf-Bet". Unless you knew that Kenny Brander was "Catriel," you'd be lost.

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    2. IIRC it is R. Kasriel Yehoshua (Kenneth J.) Brander.

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  14. Heshal Kristofsy=Kristy the Clown

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  15. You mean Krusty, not Kristy.

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  16. Herschel Shmoikel Pinchas Yerucham Krustofski.

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  17. Harry Houdini = Should I continue?

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  18. Kirk Douglas - Isser Danielovitch
    Paul Muni - Meshilem Meier Weisenfreund
    Sammy Glick - Shmuel Shmelke Glick

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  19. Curly was a yachsen - "Horowitz"

    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=5831094

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  20. It seems we have veered away from scholars and academics, so here are some ancients:

    Philo - Yedidiah
    Josephus - Yosef ben Matityahu
    Paul the christian - Shaul
    R. Akiva - Akavya
    Resh Lakish - Shimon ben Lakish
    Mar bar Rav Ashi - Tavyomi

    And of course,
    Esther - Hadassah

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    1. Akiva is Aramaic for Yaakov.

      Mordechai ain't Jewish either. One Midrash has him as Malachi.

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  21. Now, the other way.

    Imagine if some of our greats would have emigrated to the US via Ellis Island and given Americanized names. People like Moses Maimonides would have become Morris Macintosh.

    I will stop here before this gets irreverant.

    One example is enough.



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  22. Harry Wolfson- צבי הירש
    Avicebron- Ibn Gabriol
    Saul Lieberman- Shaul
    Tobias Stern- שו"ת השביט
    Peter- שמעון
    Louis Jacobs- לייב
    Jonathan Sacks-יעקב צבי

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  23. How about:

    Samson Raphael Hirsch: Shimshon ben Rephael. (A common practice.)

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    1. Shamshon, not Shimshon.

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    2. Right, forgot to mention that point.

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  24. Prof. Louis H. Feldman - Magister :).

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  25. Not necessarily.

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  26. I meant to reply to MP's "Shamshon."

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    1. Someone sent me a copy of a German letter (in Hebrew letters) which the patriarch sent to his grandson - he signed Shamshon, with nikkud.

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  27. Richard Tucker - Reuven Ticker
    Harold Arlen - Haim Arluk

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  28. "..he signed Shamshon, with nikkud."

    No way! Maybe his pen slipped.

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    1. Way! It's specific and, I suppose, interesting. I'll keep you posted.

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  29. Just found a reference to this letter in your previous Shamshon/Shimshon post. Fotheringay-Phipps, who had a copy, noted that "he wrote the letter using German words and Hebrew letters. So it might be that he used his German name Shamshon, but that his Hebrew name could have been Shimshon." So I still wonder how he was called up to the Torah in Frankfurt-am-Main.

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    1. Nope. It was Shamshon.
      The Yekkes were careful not to name after somebody with a shortned life. Hence the slight change.

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  30. Rabbi Louis Jacobs = יהודה לייב

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  31. Falk Katz = Yehoshua (Derisha and Me'iras Aynayim, among other)
    Löwe of Prague = Yehudah (Maharal)
    Leo Levi = Yehudah

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  32. "If you look for Master Leo Abarbenel, you won't find your man. Your man, in fact, being Yehuda ben Yitzhak Abravanel, also known as Judah Leon Abrabanel, Isaacus Abravanel, or even simply as Leone Ebreo—Leon the Hebrew. Damn those polyonymous Jews."

    From: http://vunex.blogspot.co.il/2008/04/armchair-history.html

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  33. Mattisyahu = Mathew Miller
    Marvin Hier = Moshe Chaim (learned that in this month's zman mag)
    Bob Dylan = Zimmerman (Jewish 1st name?)
    Norman Lamm = Nochum (i think)
    Richard Joel = Yerachmiel
    Abba Hillel Silver = Avrohom Silver
    Jack Benny = Binyomin Kubelsky
    Leon Trotsky = Lev Davidovitch Bronshtein

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  34. Oh, Moses Mendelssohn: Moshe ben Menachem. :-)

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