Titles for Hashcavot
as noted in 11 months booklet 1923-2018 … 5683 -5778
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Men who exceptionally contributed to community may posthumously be honoured with a title. This title is assigned by the rabbinate in close cooperation with Parnassim.
On this page I listed all unique titles found in the 11 months booklet (“gele boekje”, see Hashcavot) started by Hazzan Duque in 1923 and maintained till this very day. This booklet contains the names of all members died the last 95 years, excluded those who died during the holocaust. In total I found 55 men honoured with 27 different titles. From this I extracted 13 basic titles (first table) which are used in various combinations (second table) to honour the deceased according to his contribution. Whilst most combinations are unique, some combinations are used a few times. Some basic titles are used frequently, e.g. דחיל חטאין ומוקיר רבנן and הרופא המובהק.
In some cases titles we granted for activities outside our community (see the last two). Some men were honoured even though they were not buried at the Ouderkerk aan de Amstel cemetery. In some cases, Ashkenazim who were not even member of our kehila, were honoured because of their exceptional contribution to the kehila.
Mind composing a title is not an “exact science” because all people are different, both those who honour, as well as those who are honoured. On top op that we see differences in different periods. For example, the first hahamim of the community got very short titles, hahamim in later centuries got much longer titles, see the list of hahamim elsewhere on this site.
 Some examples are explained, underlined words shows the relevant parts.
 The three youngest rabbis killed during the sho’ah got these titles. It is not why the titles are incomplete.
 In a few cases we see משתדל, but this must an error. Mostly it is correct: שהשתדל.
 Not logical, missing “parnaas” part, used twice
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