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Submitted by Erica Nicole Hersh

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Category: Tombstone
Approval Date: 6/26/2013 4:18 PM
Family Surname: Epstein
Country: USA
Date of Image: 15 Jun 2013
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I was wondering if someone can please translate the Hebrew into English for me, please? I know it’s hard to read, but thank you in advance!

~Erica H.

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6/26/2013 4:36 PM Here Lies
Chana or Chiena son of Shmuel
Died 7th of cheshvan, 5765.

At the bottom is a 5-letter acronym for "May his soul be bound up for life eternal"
6/27/2013 2:57 AM Hello Erica,

Since this is the tombstone of a male, the Hebrew name would NOT be Chana. However, the spelling would be pronounced with something similar, but I do not recognize it as any male's name. In looking at it further, I wonder if the Hebrew name was meant to be pronounced and spelled as "Noach". Noach is the Hebrew name for Noah, and it is possible that the letters were arranged incorrectly. (Those three letters that appear on the stone would spell Noach.)

I do not feel that I have a definite answer for you, but this is my educated guess. So, perhaps someone else will have some thoughts on this.....Jo
6/27/2013 8:02 AM The spelling of this person's name is clearly Kheit, Nun Alef חנא

It is the *correct* spelling of a rather rare *male*
name, and happens to have been the first name of one of the great Yiddish scholars in the Hebrew University, Chone Szmeruk.

The name was a name for Jewish males since the time of the Amoraim (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amoraim for the term and period)
6/28/2013 1:39 PM Hello Erica,

Since I became curious myself, I checked out the JewishGen Lithuanian given name database and found that Chone is indeed a male given name. Further, I found that it is the Yiddish equivalent of the Hebrew name Elchanon.

So, you might want to check out this database for your own information. It can be very helpful with some of your other research....Jo
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