Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Name, Title, or Honorific?

I am a researcher involved in an oral history project and am dealing with an individual who is referred to as: “HaRav HaGaon, HaTzaddik, Avraham HaLevi Jungreis”. I suspect that some of these words may in fact be honorifics rather than part of the subject’s actual name. Can you help me to determine if this is so?


Here is how this mixture of name, title, and honorifics breaks down:

HaRav = the Rabbi
HaGaon = the Genius
HaTzaddik = the Righteous
Avraham = [given name]
HaLevi = the Levite [meaning: from the tribe of Levi but not a Kohen (priestly family)]
Jungreis = [family name]

1 comment:

  1. There is a four volume work listing all the honorific tiles, appropriately title Encyclopedia le-te'are Kavod be-Yisrae by Avraham Orenstein, Tel Aviv.