This page will discuss the onomastics of my names, particularly, but not exclusively, as they are related to the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) persona, Mōšeh Ahărōn ben Hʿeršʿel (Hebrew/Yiddish, מֹשֶׁה אַהֲרֹן בֶּן הֶערשֶׁעל). I became a bar mitzvah, or son of the commandment, through Joel Bernstein’s Hebrew School in Bayside, Queens, NY, at 13 years old. Onomastics, or onomatology, is the study of the origins of proper names.
In our neighborhood, there was a man named Joel Bernstein who said he was a rabbi and he had a plan. His niece lived in a two-family house and they converted the basement of the house into a school by putting a divider in the middle of the room to create two classrooms. He charged minimal, affordable tuition for kids to come for Hebrew school training. We learned to read in Hebrew—just enough to qualify for our bar mitzvah—but we didn’t learn much else.
Rabbi Bernstein also had a connection on Manhattan’s lower east side, where he would buy tape recorders, walkie-talkies, and transistor radios, and make Hebrew school into a competition. He broke the class up into quadrants, four students to a quadrant, and we went around the room reading from the Hebrew book. Whichever team made the fewest mistakes during the reading would get so many points, and whatever team had the most points after a set period won tape recorders, walkie-talkies, or transistor radios. We were being bribed into learning Hebrew.
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Here is some informal documentation:
Moses is an Egyptian name-element meaning "-gave birth to him" or
"-formed him" and was usually combined with a theophoric element, as in
"Ramose" which had the meaning "child of Ra" or "Ra formed him" or as in
"Djehutymos" (Thutmose) meaning "Thoth's child." "Moshe" is a Hebrew word
(meaning "one who draws water"). The Bible asserts that this is the
origin of the name because Moses was "drawn out" of the water by the
Egyptian princess. It could also be a reference to his role in leading
the Israelites out of Egypt.
MOISHE: Yiddish form of Hebrew Moshe, the Hebrew form of Moses,
probably meaning "born/son of," but which is usually translated as
"saved (from the water)."
son of ... ben [Yiddish and Hebrew]
faygnboym (a fig tree)
The name of Moses means "drawn from water" in the Egyptian's language.
ARKE: Yiddish form of biblical Aaron, meaning "high mountain."
The meaning of the name "Aaron" is unclear. Possible meanings are:
Aaron is a Hebrew masculine given name. It is derived from the Hebrew name Aharon which is most likely of Egyptian origin. According to other theories, the name could be derived from various Hebrew roots meaning "high mountain", "mountain of strength" or "enlightened". Aaron is also a Jewish surname. Aaron was most popular in the USA in 1994 peaking as the 28th most popular name. St. Aaron's day is on July 1 and is celebrated in French speaking countries and Polish speaking countries.
Aaron is a Jewish surname which is derived from the given name Aaron.The name Aaron is derived from the Hebrew words meaning "lofty." There are several surname variants including Aarons, Aaronson, and Aron.
Hirsch means dear in the German language and in Yiddish.
Hertzel , Hertzl - Dear. Hebrew variations and short forms include
Hertz, Hershel, Hersch, Herschel, Herz, Herzl, Heschel, Hesh, Heshel,
Heskel, Hirsch and Hirschel. (M)
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