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Submitted by Richard Hugh Colburn

Information Picture Question
Category: Translation - Tombstone
Approval Date: 11/16/2022 11:58 AM
Family Surname: Sacks
Country: England
Town: London
Date of Image: 2020
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English translation of Hebrew inscription please

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11/16/2022 3:26 PM Here lies a teacher, our teacher, the rabbi, the genius

Rav Yaakov Tzvi son of Reb David Aryeh Sacks, may the memory of the righteous be as a blessing

The rabbi for all of Britain and a friend to the nations

He passed away on the Holy Sabbath Day 20 Marcheshvan 5781

[At the bottom]: a phrase from the Book of Psalms, 63:2, which translates to, as indicated, "My soul thirsts for you ["you" refers to G-d].

At the very bottom, the abbreviation for "May his soul be bound up in the bond of life".

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The letter Resh before a man's name usually represents the word 'Reb', which is an honorary title. It appears before his father's name. It also appears before Rabbi Sack's name. In this case, it clearly represents the word 'Rav', rabbi.

The month of Marcheshvan also has the shorter name of Cheshvan.

11/23/2022 11:07 AM Thanks for your translation. The late Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks was my first cousin and I see this posting was cropped from exactly this photo on findagrave.com. (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/218103922/jonathan-henry-sacks). I posted that original as sent to me by the family.

In general, whoever posts photos such as these, should at least acknowledge from where they derived the photo.

I was asked to translate the Hebrew but had too many other commitments at the time, so I do thank the translator.

Reb would indeed be the understanding for his father (my uncle) who was NOT a rabbi.

Madeleine Isenberg

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