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Submitted by Helen Present

Information Picture Question
Category: Translation - Tombstone
Approval Date: 1/25/2023 11:30 AM
Family Surname: Puterman
Country: USA
Town: Queens, NY
Date of Image: 1936
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Hello, would someone please transcribe the Hebrew to English? Aaron was born about 5 Jul 1884 in either Antopol, Kobrin, Grodno, Russian Empire OR near Antopol, Grodna, Wielkolskie, Poland. His father was called "Louis"(died in the old country) and his mother was "Chaja Liba" or "Ida" (widowed and remarried before 1896 to Mordicai Flamenbaum) . Aaron died 15 May 1936 and is buried in Mt Lebanon Cemetery. I am hoping to find any additional information that might reveal the father's real name to help find him in the old country and maybe identify which town the family was from (Aaron & his brothers wrote antopol, antepoli, grodna, grodno). Thank you, Helen

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1/25/2023 2:31 PM Here lies

our teacher, the Rabbi, AHARON, son of Reb

Eliezer Gedalya

He passed away 22 Iyar 5696

May his soul be bound up in the bond of life.
'Reb' is an honorific; his father was not a rabbi.

His own name, however, is preceded by an abbreviation that represents the words “our teacher, the rabbi”. This normally indicates that the person had rabbinical ordination, not necessarily that he was the rabbi of a synagogue or community. I need to point out that this abbreviation occasionally appears in error, so I would suggest trying to get confirmation of his rabbinical status – if any – from a second source.

His father had a double Hebrew name, Eliezer Gedalya. Sometimes, men with the Hebrew name Eliezer had the Yiddish nickname of Layzer. This may be a starting point for your search. I'm afraid that the other information you were hoping to find does not appear.

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