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Information Picture Question
Category: Tombstone
Approval Date: 2/3/2013 8:10 PM
Family Surname: Tudor
Country: USA
Town: Brooklyn NY
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Very excited to have found this picture of my great great grandmother and great-great grandfather's grave. Would someone kindly translate the Hebrew inscription? I hope to learn the name of their parents to help go back another generation. Thanks in advance for any help.

Best Regards,
Steve Herberman
Chevy Chase, MD

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2/3/2013 8:13 PM Here Lies (two-letter acronym surrounding menorah)
Shayna daughter of Mr. Nechemia
Died 15th of Kislev 5713

Here Lies
Hersh don of Mr. Beryl Yaacov
Died 23rd Adar I 5711

(in Jewish leap years there is a second month of Adar -- this refers to the first month of Adar)
2/3/2013 11:59 PM Hello Steven,

The left of the tombstone for Harry is engraved as follows: Here lies Hersh Ben/(son of) Reb Beryl Yaakov who died on the 23rd day of the Hebrew month of Adar I.

Some explanations here. The word Reb before the father's two given names is an honorific title of respect. It does NOT imply rabbi, nor is there any surname mentioned on the stone. Adar I is so stated, as every so many years there is a leap year, when there is an additiona month on the calendar, which is always called Adar II. They are numbered in such a way as to be able to differentiate between Adar I and Adar II.

On the right side for Jennie, it states: Here lies Shayne Bas/(daughter of) Reb Nechemiah who died during the Hebrew month of Kislev. The Hebrew years of death are also listed with Hebrew letters (on both sides). On the right side there is a menorah, which signifies the importance of the lighting of candles for the traditional Jewish woman of that time. On the left side there is a Magen David/Jewish Star, which balances off the tombstone and is an icon generally used on stones for either men or women.

Hope that this is helpful....Jo
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