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Category: Tombstone
Approval Date: 12/23/2012 4:39 PM
Family Surname: Schutzman
Country: USA
Date of Image: 2012
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Please translate the Hebrew. Thank you

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12/23/2012 5:01 PM Here Lies
A man who was important and wise
Mr. Michal son of Mr. Yehuda
Schutzman. Died on the 11th day
in the month of Shevat in the year 5689.
May his soul be bound up for life eternal (5-letter acronym)
12/24/2012 2:13 AM Hello Elaine,

On the second line of Hebrew text there are three letters preceeding the name Michel Ben/(son of) Yehudah. Those Hebrew letters are Mem-Vav-Hey, which I have seen on other tombstones for an esteemed teacher. The letters stand for "Moreynu Ha-Rav", and this translates as "our teacher and rabbi".....Jo
12/24/2012 2:14 AM Hello Elaine,

On the second line of Hebrew text there are three letters preceeding the name Michel Ben/(son of) Yehudah. Those Hebrew letters are Mem-Vav-Hey, which I have seen on other tombstones for an esteemed teacher. The letters stand for "Moreynu Ha-Rav", and this translates as "our teacher and rabbi".....Jo
12/24/2012 12:18 PM Hi Elaine: I would translate a little differently.

First Line is "the man Dear and Respected and Important"
2nd line Mem-Vav-Hey (????) Mekel, the son of Yehudah.
Mem-Vav-Hey is too short to be Our Teacher, the Rabbi.
IF Mekel were a Rabbi, he would also be a Kohane.
And the Symbol for a Kohane is not on the Stone.
Usually, the Father's Name would also be append the Tribal honorific, "HaKohane."
You may wish to ask the Group the meaning for Mem-Vav-Hey.
Stephen Morse Web Site translates it as "brainy" in Hebrew.
Anna
12/25/2012 7:43 AM Mem Vav Hey does indeed stand stand for "Moreinu Harav", our teacher the Rabbi.
There were, and are many many rabbis who are not Kohanim. A rabbi ("rav" in Hebrew) is a person who has studied Jewish law (the Halakha) and has passed tests. Being a Rabbi is not at all related to being a kohen.
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