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Submitted by Edward Posnak

Information Picture Question
Category: Translation - Tombstone
Approval Date: 3/14/2021 1:16 PM
Family Surname: Baron, Muscovitz
Country: USA
Town: Collingdale, PA
Date of Image: 1922
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This is the gravestone of my relative Sara Muscovitz Baron. I'm trying to decipher her Hebrew name. I know that her dad Joe's Hebrew name was Zisha. There is an old (1895) NJ census record showing that Zisha and his wife had a daughter named "Maalca". I'm trying to figure out if Sara and Maalca were the same person. Could the name on this gravestone possibly be "Malcha Sara bat Zisa"? Will post a second photo taken from another angle.

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3/14/2021 2:34 PM Hello Edward,

The only portion of her name that is legible is
???? Sara, Bas/(daughter of) Zisa. The portion of the name that you are expecting to be Malke is NOT legible, and there is not enough there to even estimate an educated guess.

Jo
3/14/2021 3:40 PM I'm sorry, but the name Malkah does not appear here. The word in shadow in front of "Sarah" is Maras, which can mean either a married woman or an adult woman.

Here is a full translation:

Here lies

the modest woman

Mrs. SARAH daughter of Reb Zeesa [or, possibly, Zoosa]

She passed away the 18th of Av 5662 [or, possibly, 5682]

May her soul be bound up in the bond of life.

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'Reb' is an honorific; it does not mean rabbi.

Some of the letters are a bit difficult to make out with 100% certainty. For example, the second letter in her father's name might be a Yud, which would make the name Zeesa, or a Vav, which would make it Zoosa.

Likewise, the tens digit of the Hebrew year looks like a Samech, representing the number 60, but might be a Fay, representing the number 80.

If the year is 5662: the 18th of Av, 5662, began at sunset on August 20th, 1902, and ended at sunset on the 21st.

If the year is 5682: the 18th of Av, 5682, began at sunset on August 11th, 1922, and ended at sunset on the 12th.

3/15/2021 6:51 AM I agree. It's Ms Sara daughter of Mr Zusa
Ms is Marat in Hebrew, which begins with the same letter as Malka
Zusa is often pronounced Zusha, a not uncommon name

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