יום רביעי, אוקטובר 20, 2004

Word Exam

My name, Yoni Weiss, really does not have a story behind it. My first name does not come from any deceased relatives; however, my middle name, Moshe, comes from a great uncle, although I do not know much about him. My parents, however, are named after people that I know about. My father’s Hebrew name is Ya’akov, which was his grandfather’s name also. His grandfather, who is my great-grandfather, was killed in the Holocaust. My mother’s name is Baila Rivka, which comes after her grandmother, who was also killed by the Nazis in the Holocaust. My brothers, Dani and David, are not named after anybody (at least no one that I know about), although I vaguely remember, when I was six, sitting with my parents late at night trying to come up with a name for my youngest brother, David.

Most of my family comes from Hungary. My father’s parents grew up in different cities in Hungary, and they met after the war. After getting married and living a few years in Hungary, they took a boat across the Atlantic, landed in New Orleans, and took a train to Los Angeles, where they had family. My father was born in L.A. a few years later, and grew up there. At the age of 14, he left home for good, as he went to Ner Yisroel Yeshiva High School in Baltimore, MD. After graduating, he attended Yeshiva College, made his way through Columbia Dental School, and became a dentist, practicing in New York City. He has currently worked there for over 20 years. My mother’s father also grew up in Hungary, living there until shortly after the war, when he wandered across Europe by himself (at the age of 15), and finally took a ship to America where he went to learn in Yeshiva in Brooklyn. My mother’s mother was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, and went to Yeshiva University High School for girls and then Queens College. My mother was born in Brooklyn and lived there until marrying my father. After marriage, my parents moved to an apartment in Riverdale, where I was born a short time later. I lived in Riverdale for two years, and then we all relocated to New Rochelle, NY, where we have been living ever since.

My parents and grandparents recently took a trip back to Europe, to see the old Jewish communities. They stayed in a hotel in Budapest, and toured all the old cities that my grandparents and great-grandparents grew up in. They also visited many Jewish graveyards that my ancestors are buried in. They even went to my grandfather’s old house, in a city that I don’t know how to spell, and knocked on the door, requesting to look around. The owners were more than happy to let them see the house, and, much to their surprise, everything was pretty much the same. It was a very interesting and emotional trip for them all.

1 Comments:

Anonymous אנונימי said...

I was intrigued by your blog name and first thought it had something to do with tantra, an ancient religious art / practice from India. Well, you may be surprised if you Google your first name and see what it really means!

15 באוגוסט 2005 בשעה 23:33  

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