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Category: Translation - Tombstone
Approval Date: 1/28/2018 4:37 PM
Family Surname: Czukkor
Country: Hungary
Town: Risce?
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What does the kof-heh-apostrophe honorific mean?

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1/28/2018 5:31 PM Here lies an important man
Avraham Tzvi
son of Aharon TZUKER
Died 4th of Shevat 5644
May his soul be bound up in the bond of everlasting life.

The name of his mother: Hantsha (or Hanatasha)
1/29/2018 1:21 AM It is short for Kvod Harav, meaning Rabbi.
1/29/2018 2:35 AM The name of his mother is
1/29/2018 5:20 AM


is only the abbreviation "Kaf-Hei". I have seen may stones in Germany (and I presume the same applies to Austria) with that inscription, and although Kaf is certainly kvod, the hei is clearly not harav since it is
commonly used for people who are not at all rabbinical. I'm not sure exactly what it does mean, perhaps kvod hachaver, or kvod ha'adon. Perhaps someone could enlighten us on that, but the implication is someone honorable, but not a rabbi."
1/29/2018 7:57 AM Note the double mark " above pay-nun indicating a two-word abbreviation, same as over ayin-gimel for the date. I'm guessing kof-hey-apos is not an abbreviation, but part of האיש החשוב כה or "the very important man," or, more loosely, "the esteemed." Maybe the apos. was used to avoid the unintended display of yud-hey-vav-hey.
1/29/2018 1:28 PM A further clarification: I was mistaken about "very." Kof-hey translates as "thus" or "as follows." But I still believe it is meant as a word, rather than an abbreviation.
1/30/2018 6:13 AM There is an apostrophe after the Hey both times it appears in כה.
The same type of single apostrophe appears on the ד' of the month of Shvat and on the letters of the year.

'כה clearly appears as an abbreviation in both its appearances.

The Hebrew the word "ko" would not be placed in front of a given name and there is no reason to assume it appears on this stone.

Ko perceding a verb means "thus"
Ko preceding an adjective is a way of intensifying the adjective.

1/31/2018 8:40 AM Another possible explanation is that it stands for כן הוא or כך הוא, meaning, "it is he" preceeding the name.
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