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The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT & ANALYSIS -

I WAS SORRY to read that the Chief Rabbi’s Of­fice did not al­low Mike David­son to use his He­brew/Yid­dish name Yayzel ( JC, De­cem­ber 22). There was a fa­mous yeshiva in Byelorus­sia be­fore the Sec­ond World War called Reb Yeyzl’s. One of my neigh­bours, the late Harry Wolfe, said that he was shy to tell peo­ple that he had stud­ied there be­cause they would as­sume he was learned (of course, he was). There is also an old Yid­dish song that starts: “Yoshke, Yoshke, sh­pan dem lozhik”. The point is that Je­sus was face­tiously given th­ese Yid­dish names pre­cisely be­cause they were so com­mon and down-to-earth. Charles Heller charlesheller@rogers.com

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