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Submitted by Denny Crane

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Category: Tombstone
Approval Date: 1/13/2013 4:23 PM
Family Surname: Sigoloff / Siegeloff
Country: Ukraine
Town: St. Louis, Mo
Date of Image: Today
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Hebrew name (Yeshiahu the Levite)/sometimes Shia for short
Father of Morris, Sam, Sarah (Lisner), Esther (Kreekun)

Should be buried next to Eli + Ida Sigoloff (Brother?)
Could you translate his tombstone?

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1/13/2013 5:36 PM Hello Denny,

The Hebrew name for Sam Sigoloff was Menachem Mendel HaLevi. He died on the 23rd day of the Hebrew month of Kislev. The Hebrew year is noted, however I am unable to translate it for you. In the following line of five Hebrew letters is an acronym which translates as: "May the soul be bound up in the bonds of everlasting life".

The notation of HaLevi after the name of his father indicates that his father was of the tribe of Levi.
They were known as Levites (going back to the times of the Temple in Jersalem) and they assisted the Kohanes/Kohanim in administering the duties of the Temple. If you need more information, please feel free to e-mail me....Jo
1/13/2013 5:56 PM This would confirm that grave near him of Ely Sigoloff as his brother:
Avraham Eliahu son of Menachem Mendel HaLevi Sigoloff
(HaLevi indicates a descendent of the tribe of Levi, one of the twelve tribes of Israel, The Levites were assistants to the priests)

I take this to be Yeshiahu the Levite son of Menachem Mendel HaLevi Sigoloff
1/13/2013 6:19 PM Hebrew date is 23 Kislev 5682
1/15/2013 5:12 AM This tombstone is that of
L1: An important man Yeshaya son of reb
L2: Menachem Mendl the Levite
L3: Died on 23rd of Kislive 5782

Menachem Mendl is the *father*. It is the *son's* stone and the son was named Yeshaya.
1/15/2013 7:52 PM Hello Denny,

Glad that someone caught and corrected the information. Yes, this is the tombstone of Sam Sigaloff, whose Hebrew name was Mr. Ishayahu Ben/(son of) Reb Menachem Mendel HaLevi.

Sam Sigaloff was Ishayahu. His father was Menachem Mendel. The father was a Levi/Levite. If Sam was born of a Jewish mother, he too would have been a Levi/Levite. The designation continues througout the generations, from father to son, provided that the mother of each is Jewish at the time of birth....Jo

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