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Q: I recently read about a Jew-
ish-Mexican film director named
Daniel Goldberg Lerner. Later in the
article, he was referred to as Mr.
Goldberg, not Mr. Lerner.
I assume that Jews in Central
and South American countries fol-
low the Latin American custom of
using the surnames of both one's
father and mother, in that order. Is
this true? How long ago did Jews
in Spain or Latin American coun-
tries adopt this custom?
Could an ingredient with a
name of a place in the
Holy Land be so bad?
A: Pass the tofu burg-
From reader S.S. in Atlanta
Outrageous Joke Gifts
2454 Orchard Lake Road
Sylvan Lake at
The Loading Dock
The ingredient is
caramel, not carmel.
Caramel is a food. Basi-
cally, it is cooked sugar.
For confectionery pur-
poses, it usually is made
with butter, or cream
and vanilla. The word is
derived directly from
French and ultimately
from the Greek kalam-
os, or "reed." It has noth-
ing to do with Mount
Carmel in Haifa.
A.-The use of a compound sur-
name is characteristic of Span-
ish culture and is common in
Spain as well as other Spanish-
speaking countries. Custom
Q: I was fascinated to
puts the father's family name
read Tell Me Why's riveting
first, followed by the mother's
biographical profile of the
family name. In most cases, the
names are joined by the letter
Track star, dancer, minister. Louis Farrakhan
violinist, Joseph Joachim.
"y," the Spanish word for "and."
does it all!
Occasionally, under foreign in-
I was disappointed to learn
fluence, the names are joined coming this spring from Harper-
he had converted to Chris-
by a hyphen. Over the cen-
Collins, reports that Mr. Far- tianity, even if only to advance his
turies, the mother's name was rakhan,
then known as Louis career. Was there no other notable
added sometimes, but this did Eugene Walcott,
graduated in 19th-century Jewish violinist who
not become frequent until the
1951 from English High. Inci-
Many Jews in Spanish- dentally, Walcott/Farrakhan
A: Interestingly enough, the
speaking countries also use
you are looking for was
compound surnames. There is while in school, where one of his one ofJoachim's teachers, Fer-
close friends was Jewish.
no specific Jewish rationale,
dinand David. Born in 1810 in
other than their desire to fit in
Hamburg, he began his career
Q: I don't know what to do with as a professional violinist when
with the general culture.
Jews with compound sur- my mother. She is on a health-food he was a mere 15.
names are found most often in craze that's about to drive us all
In 1836, through the influ-
Latin American countries. nuts. Last night we had all-grain ence of his friend and Jewish
Spain expelled its Jews in 1492
casserole. Before that, it was apostate, Felix Mendelssohn,
and only recently welcomed the
he was named leader of the
reestablishment of a Jewish brown rice and vegetables. The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orches-
community in its borders. (In night before, it was grain burgers. tra. Seven years later, he be-
1992, King Juan Carlos I signed Much more of this and I'm going came violin instructor at the
a royal decree officially cancel- to turn into a bean sprout.
ing the 1492 Edict of Expul-
It was as a teacher that
I've decided to engage my
sion). Today, about 14,000 Jews
David was most important. Not
mother in a bet. She agreed that if only Joachim, but many of the
reside in Spain.
I could prove that candy has nu- great (and not-so-great) violin-
Q: Perhaps Tell Me Why could tritional merit, we could go back ists of the late-19th century
furnish me with some answers. I to spaghetti and steak and pizza. came to Leipzig for his instruc-
tion. Mendelssohn himself
understand that Louis Farrakhan But if I lose, I have to have tofu sought David's advice while
graduated from Boston English High burgers for a
composing his violin con-
School. In what year did he gradu- week.
David composed five
So off I went
ate, and what was his name at the
concertos and one
symphony, all pop-
From reader L. W.
ular in his lifetime,
in Lake Worth, Fla. vorite grocery
now largely forgot-
Afrhe Rev. Farrakhan (as he's store. And
ten. He died in
called by followers), or Calypso hark! There I
Louis, (as Rush Limbaugh fans discovered
know him, from his dancing
days), did indeed graduate from numerous con-
coctions containing carmel. I in-
Boston English High School.
Arthur Magida, author of tend to bring it home as proof to Send questions to "Tell Me Why . "
Prophet of Rage: A Life of Louis my mother. After all, carmel is like c I o The Jewish News, 27676
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