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Category: Translation - Tombstone
Approval Date: 9/16/2020 3:10 PM
Family Surname: Berlin, Schmitz
Country: Germany
Town: Meckenheim, Rheinland
Date of Image: 30 January 1853
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I am interested in an English translation of the inscription on the gravestone of my 4th-great-grandfather Jacob Berlin in order to find out if there is any information there which I do not know. He adopted the family name Schmitz in 1808 and later reverted to Berlin. He sometimes used a second given name Zwi (Tsvi) to distinguish from a brother also called Jacob. His father was Joseph (Geiseler) Berlin and mother Gudula (Goeth) Jacob.

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9/16/2020 7:01 PM Here is interred

A simple and honest man

Good towards Heaven and good towards

people. He is YITZCHAK TZVI son of Reb

Yosef, passed away on Monday, the 22nd of

Shvat and was buries on the following day

with a good name [=reputation] on Monday, the 22nd of Shvat

56__ [last two digits are illegible]

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

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

There is apparently an error in the date of death, as he died on one day and was buried the next (which is a common occurrence, and is made very clear here), but they are both given as the same day.

Do you know the secular date of death? If yes, I will be able to help with the Jewish year.

9/16/2020 8:26 PM The first line reads -

A wholesome and upright man
9/16/2020 8:36 PM From the poster: Thanks. The death record states that he died on 30 January 1853 at 2 PM which would be Sunday, 21 Shvat 5613. I guess it is the Hebrew date of death which is wrong on the stone but the burial date is correct.
9/16/2020 11:01 PM As I have pointed out in the past, the word "Tam" has many definitions, one of which is "simple". This is NOT a derogatory term. Another definition of Tam is "whole", as in "complete". I have not found the definition "wholesome", which has a different connotation.

"Honest" and "upright" are basically the same.

I respectfully stand by my reading of "A simple and honest man", and wish anyone who is reading this a happy and healthy New Year.
9/17/2020 4:34 PM I am returning to apologize for, and to correct, my major typo of the name (and one minor typo). I am also incorporating the full year, now that I know what it is.

Here is what I should have written:

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Here is interred

A simple and honest man

Good towards Heaven and good towards

people. He is YAAKOV TZVI son of Reb

Yosef, passed away on Monday, the 22nd of

Shvat and was buried on the following day

with a good name [=reputation] on Monday, the 22nd of Shvat

5613.

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

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