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Submitted by Marcella Shames

Information Picture Question
Category: Translation - Tombstone
Approval Date: 9/8/2021 12:20 PM
Family Surname:
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Apologies if this is a duplicate because it looks like my last upload didn't transmit

Requesting translation of the Hebrew on the headstone
Of particular interest is the deceased's father's name
thank you
marcella shames

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9/8/2021 2:09 PM R Zvi Yaakov son of
Benyamin Hacohen
Died Caf-Bet Sivan
He Resh Pe Gimel
9/8/2021 7:13 PM Here lies
Tzvi Yakov
som of Binyamin the Cohen
died 22 Sivan 5683
May his soul be bound up in the bond of everlasting life. (acronym)

The Hebrew year does not match the civil year. 1922 for this time of year is 5682
9/8/2021 7:26 PM Here lies

Reb TZVI YAAKOV son of Reb

Binyamin the Cohen

who passed away 22 Sivan

of the year 5683

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

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

His father's name, Binyamin, is the Hebrew for Benjamin. This does not necessarily mean, however, that Benjamin was his secular name.

He and his father were Cohanim [plural of Cohen], meaning that they were members of the priestly tribe that traces back, son to father, to the first Cohen, Aaron (Moses' brother). When family names became mandatory, many people who were Cohanim took the name Cohen as their last name, as seems to have been the case here.

Another helper mentioned the discrepancy between the Hebrew and secular years. Here are the possibilities:

If the secular year is correct: June 5th, 1922, corresponds with the 9th or 10th of Sivan (depending upon whether he died before, or after, sunset).

If the Hebrew year is correct: the 22nd day of the month of Sivan of the year 5683 began at sunset on June 5th, 1923, and ended at sunset on the 6th.

Since the days of the month in this case are an exact better match, I would say that the Hebrew year is correct, and the secular year was actually 1923, not 1922.

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