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Category: Tombstone
Approval Date: 3/29/2009
Family Surname: Cohen
Country: USA
Town: Baltimore, MD
Date of Image: 1930
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3/30/2009 Here lies the most proper woman, her name is Sarah and she was modest in her ways, her actions will testify for her, was a benefactor
to the poor and the sick, helped and supported those who studied the Torah,
the woman Sarah Feige/Feiga daughter of Reb. Gershon HaLevi
died on 26 Adar in the year 5690 May her soul be bound in the bond of
life
3/30/2009 Here Lies (on the top)

1. A women pious among women, Sarah
2. was her name and she was pious
3. the fruit of her hands (i.e. her deeds) testify about her
4. she dispensed kindness to the poor and sick
5. she helped and supported the Talmud
6. Torah. The lady, Sarah
7. Faigah, daughter of Gershon the Levi
8. died on the 26 of Adar
9. [5]690 May her soul be bound in the bond of the living

The term I have rendered as "pious" is "kshairah", the feminine for of "kosher". In this sense it means "one who has done everything properly, modestly". It also shares the letters of the name Sarah, which explains line 2. Line 5 refers to Talmud Torah, w/o a definite article. It may refer to a school called Talmud Torah, or it may mean "the study of the Torah". The term I've translated in line 6 as "the lady" is the word for woman, but used in this sense has a somewhat more reverential shade of meaning. In line 7 I have written "the Levi", but of course the name might actually be "Halevy". The year 5690 corresponds to 1930 (as you know) but as is most commonly the case, only the 690 is given, without the "5". The phrase, "May her soul be bound etc." is a biblical paraphrase, and probably the most common closing on traditional Jewish tombstones.

I hope this helps you. Good luck with your research.

Daniel Rosenzweig
dzrosen@hillelyeshiva.org
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