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Category: Tombstone
Approval Date: 8/18/2013 4:09 PM
Family Surname: Miller
Country: USA
Town: Brockton, MA
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I would greatly appreciate a translation of my gg grandfather's headstone with the date of death. I believe it may be in Nov. 1929 but looking for an exact date to search for his death certificate. Also his father's name looks to be Rabbi Joseph Ariv but I'm not familiar with the name Ariv, am I reading this correctly?

Steve Herberman
Chevy Chase, MD USA

researching MILLER in Brockton

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8/18/2013 4:35 PM Here Lies our dear father
Tzvi David son of Mr.
Yosef Ariv the Cohayn.
Died 23rd of Cheshvan, 5690.

The resh in front of the father's name does not signify rabbi. It would be pronounced "reb" and is an honorific which translates best to "Mr."

I'm not familiar with Ariv, either, but I also think that's what it says.
8/18/2013 5:12 PM Just in case you need help converting the date, it is 26 November 1929.
8/19/2013 1:55 AM I think the engraver did not know Hebrew, and copied wrong the name that was given to him. Note that the yud in "Ariv" is different from the other yuds on the stone.

I think the name was probably Aryeh, but instead of a hei, it was written with a line (as is often done to avoid writing a name of G-d), and the line was misinterpreted.
8/19/2013 3:26 AM Hello Steven,

My educated guess, too, is that Harry David Miller's father's Hebrew name was Yosef Arye, The Kohane. The previous response gave a good explanation of the reasons for the spelling variation...Jo
8/20/2013 5:12 PM I align myself with the others who question whether the name is "Ariv". This name does not come up in the JewishGen Given Names Database, which I find useful to check when encountering an unfamiliar name.
With regard to a point made by another responder, I don't see any difference in appearance between the yud in "Ari[?]" and the other yuds on the stone.
Stephen Katz
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