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Subject: Re: Kaplan
Author: Jim Young   (guest)
Date: March 26, 2007 at 11:47 AM
Reply to: Re: Kaplan by Lora

Name changing was one method of avoiding conscription. The eldest son of the family was exempted from military service, so that he could support the parents in their later years. So if one family had two sons and a neighbouring family had no son the second son swapped parents and acquired a new name. In Orthodox Jewish families a son who went into the army was considered dead. There are examples of returning sons being rejected by kin and community.

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  • Kaplan - Elinor  Mar 21 2007, 8:29 AM
    • Re: Kaplan - Lora  Mar 25 2007, 6:22 AM
      • Re: Kaplan - Jim Young  Mar 26 2007, 11:47 AM
    • Re: Kaplan - Jim Young  Mar 23 2007, 7:16 AM