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Submitted by Vicki Sharon Adelson

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Category: Tombstone
Approval Date: 2/13/2013 4:19 PM
Family Surname: Rosokoff
Country: USA
Town: Buffalo, Erie, New York
Date of Image: 1940
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This is a picture of the gravestone of Jacob and Dora Rosokoff, who lived in Buffalo, New York. He was a great grandfather. I am seeking a translation of the the Hebrew or Yiddish on the gravestone. In partiocular, I am trying to learn Dora's maiden name as well as where and when each of them were born.

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2/13/2013 5:44 PM Here Lies (two-letter acronym in the star)

Our dear father
[can't translate the next word] and prayer leader of the congregation
Yaacov don of Mr. Zalman
Died 7th of Tishri 5701

Our dear mother
Dvorah daughter of Mr.
Died 26th of Kislev

The last line of Hebrew is a 5-letter acronym for "May their souls be bound up for life eternal"
2/13/2013 6:35 PM The missing word from the first translator is Officer.

Yaakov is son of Zalman
2/13/2013 11:22 PM Hello Vicki,

On the right: Jacob's Hebrew name was Yaakov Ben/(son of) Reb Zalman. The word "Reb" is used as an honorary title before a man's given/first name. It does NOT imply rabbi. Some people translate it as "Mr." to show respect. He died on the 7th day of the Hebrew month of Tishri, which falls around September-October.

On the left: Dora's Hebrew name was Devora Bat/(daughter of) Reb Yitzchak. The same explanation for the word "Reb" here as above. She died on either the 26th or 27th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev. (Hard to accurately read the letter making up the date.) This generally is around December.

In neither case is a Hebrew surname given. There is no information as to where either of the Rosokoffs were born, but the year of birth and death for each of them is inscribed at the bottom of the stone. If you need to be more accurate as to what time of the year they died, please refer to the Hebrew dates in the above paragraphs....Jo
2/14/2013 12:21 AM The Hebrew words "Askan b'torchei tzibur" on the second and third lines means that he was active in community affairs. There are 3 references to Jacob Rosokoff in the book by Selig Adler From Ararat to Suburbia - the History of the Jewish Community of Buffalo, JPS, Philadelphia 1960.
Shalom Bronstein, Jerusalem
2/14/2013 5:54 AM "here is buried

our dear father
officiated in the needs of the community
yaakov son of mr zalman
died 7 tishrei 5701 [9 oct 1940]

our dear mother
devorah daughter of mr yitzhak
died 27 kislev 5675 [24 dec 1924]

may their souls be bound up in the bond of life"
2/14/2013 6:02 PM our dear mother Devorah daughter of reb Yitzhak, died 27 of Kislev, and the Hebrew year.

Our dear father, involved with the needs of the community,
Jacob Zalman, died 7 Tishrei, Hebrew year
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