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Researching the derivations of Jewish names is a complicated task, and one that Benzion Kaganoff takes on with admirable results. He delves into the roots of names from Aaron (and its derivatives Agronsky, Arkin, and Orlik) to Zwirn (German for thread), finding biblical, occupational, and regional origins for nearly 4,000 names. Because Jewish names have been adapted and modified so often over the years, it's all the more a triumph that Kaganoff has traced the history of so many common Jewish names and their offshoots.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Jason Aronson, Inc. (June 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568219539
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568219530
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,940,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kaganoff has grasped the deepest meanings in this dictionary which is as much history as it is an explanatory work. Being a lover of words and how they became words is always fascinating to me, and I treasure this marvelous book. It will be a legacy to my progeny. PDK
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The history was very informative. I would have liked more names as many of the names I am researching weren't included in this dictionary.
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I was looking for personal names, some of which I found. However, I am not dissapointed since I have found many intersting items and stories.
It was worth of buying it. I am looking to by another item with Jewish personal (first) names soon.
Best regards
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Book is much smaller and less thorough than I thought but it is still interesting and worth having.
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