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Category: Tombstone
Approval Date: 4/20/2008
Family Surname: Lorsch
Country: Germany
Town: Gelnhausen
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Can someone please read this and tell me the name of the deceased and his father? I believe the name is on the top.

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4/21/2008 The line on the arch reads

Here lies buried the famous old man the honorable rabbi Yakov Lorsch of blessed memory
4/23/2008 I have begun to treat this very difficult to read tombstone.

The beginning (text in half-circle, between the P and the T - Poh Tamun = "Here is buried") says, line to line :

1 - Here is buried the aged and famous, His Honour the Rav Yokev Lorsch,
2 - whose soul
3 - has gone away the eve of the holy Sabbath
4 - at the moment of the dawn of the 14th
5 - Shevat, and buried with a good renown
6 - the 1st day, the 16th Shevat 577.

He is dead January 1817, Friday 31st, and buried February 1817, Sunday 2nd. The name of his father does not appear in the text of the epitaph. The rest of the epitaph tells about what he was and what he did in his life.

If you answer to me, I'll be able to send you in PDF form the transcription of the Hebrew text and its translation.

Friendly yours.

Avraham MALTHÊTE
Epigraphist-Paleograph
in charge of the collections of Hebrew and Arabic manuscripts
and of the funds of ancient Hebrew printed books
Library of the "Alliance Israélite Universelle", Paris, FRANCE

Tél. office : +33 1 53 32 75 61 (direct line)
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