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Submitted by Rich Meyersburg

Information Picture Question
Category: Translation - Tombstone
Approval Date: 7/15/2020 2:59 PM
Family Surname: Rosenberg
Country: Hungary
Town: Abaujszanto
Date of Image: 1931
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Would you please translate the Hebrew inscriptions into English.

thank you very much

Rich Meyersburg
Laurel, MD

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7/15/2020 5:34 PM Here is interred

The modest woman, may she be blessed above the women in the tent [see note, below]

Mrs. SARAH, may she rest in peace

Wife of the learned man, our teacher the rabbi, Avraham Layb


daughter of Reb Tzvi Desberg, may the memory of the righteous one be for a blessing,

died on the 20th of Elul [5]691, according to the small count,

and the name of her mother [was] Raytzel, may she rest in peace.

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

(The bottom of the stone contains an acrostic poem of flowery praise; the first letters of the lines spell out "Sarah, daughter of Tzvi". If the deceased was someone important to you, and you'd like these lines translated, let me know).
This stone has the unusual feature of not only including her father's name, which is standard, and also including her husband's name, which is less common but often appears if he was an important member of the community, but also including the name of her mother.

Her husband's name is not followed by any of the standard "memorial" phrases, which would seem to indicate that he was still alive.

Her husband's name is preceded by an abbreviation that translates to "our teacher, the rabbi". This indicates that he had rabbinic ordination; he was not necessarily the rabbi of a congregation.

Her father's name is preceded by 'Reb'; this in an honorific; it does not mean rabbi.

The description of the deceased includes the words "may she be blessed above the women in the tent". This is a direct Biblical quote, from the Book of Judges, describing an especially valiant woman.

"According to the small count" means that the Hebrew year does not include the leading '5', which is understood.

The 20th of Elul, 5691, began at sunset on September 1st, 1931, and ended at sunset on the 2nd.
7/15/2020 5:47 PM Here lies
The modest woman most blessed of tent-dwelling women
Mrs. Sarah of blessed memory
Wife of the learned Mr. Avraham Leib
Daughter of Mr. Tzvi Desberg of blessed memory
Died 20 Elul 5691
Her mother's name is Reitzel of blessed memory
May her soul be bound in the bond of everlasting life

Bottom part is acrostic text where her name is spelled out in the first letter of each line.

Nice and sweet smart and educated
Her spirit and her understanding is to praise and to glory
Decent and respected wonderful and dignified
She raised her children to Torah and to mission
She assisted poor with support and aid
Her charity will therefore stand forever
Her husband praised her and her children are crying
Wailing since she ascended to heaven

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