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Category: Tombstone
Approval Date: 12/5/2012 4:38 PM
Family Surname: Levine
Country: England
Town: London
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Please translate this tombstone which belongs to my great grandfather Rabbi Ayreh Leib Levine / Lewis Levine
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12/6/2012 12:55 PM Hello Rachel,

A partial translation for you.....

The righteous Rabbi....Reb Aryeh Leyb Ben/(son of) Reb Natan Levine....

The beginning letter of each line, going down vertically, spells out the name again..."HaRav, Reb Aryeh Leyb Ben Reb Natan". The sum of all of the lines in that section speak about the man and his attributes, etc.

The word "Reb" is used as an honorific title, but in this case it could also indicate that he was a rabbi. My reasoning for this is that when spoken of in the vertical version of his name, he is referred to as "HaRav" as well as "Reb" which seems to indicate Rabbi. This is also shown in the beginning word on the top portion.

Hope that this gives you a good start....Jo
12/8/2012 3:33 PM "here is buried
the rabbi the gaon righteous pure and of good character
r' arye leib son of r' natan levine

[lines of pious verses spelling out an acrostic of his name]

died 26 heshvan 5688
may his soul be bound up in the bond of life"
12/8/2012 8:26 PM Beautiful stone. There is no question in my mind that the deceased was a Rabbinic scholar held in high esteem. A very rough translation of the acrostic:

[Teachings] of holy Torah were like treasures that you accumulated
You acquired [presumably meaning wrote] 7 volumes of Torah scholarship that are pearls
In God’s Torah our master Rabbi labored
Only death removes the honor we accorded him
Woe on us [literally: Oy on us] for our brokenness
Many cry bittery over your loss, our Rabbi
His pure hands that wrote Torah scholarship
The congregations that used them were so blessed
To compose books you labored all your days
They will guard over you as you lie in your grave
With the other righteous you will find your rest
With a throne upon his head will his sprit be radiant
He held many back from iniquity
The candle of God was the essence of his soul
Innocent and pure he rose to heaven
His soul will be bound up in the bond of life

Also, to note that the spelling of his surname in Hebrew letters: Lamed, Ayin, Vav, Vav, Yud, Nun.

Happy Chanuka
12/10/2012 12:19 PM As the previous respondent noted, there is an acrostic which spells out the deceased's name: The rav [rabbi] Aryeh Leib br [ben reb - son of Mr.] Nasan [or Natan in Israeli pronounciation].
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