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Posted on 02/23/2011 9:34:03 PM PST by Brytani
For years my husband and I have been researching our family histories. Today, after a long search, I was sent a picture of my great-grandparents tombstones which, is in parts written in Hebrew.
I understand that it may be a prayer but it may also contain other information such as fathers names or other family information.
If anyone could possibly look at the stone and translate it for me, I would greatly appreciate it.
They are buried at Mr. Zion Cemetery at Maspeth, Queens County New York, USA
Also, their graves are in the Czernowitz Bukowinaer Lodge Society section. If anyone has any information on the Society I would also appreciate anything you could tell me about it.
I've been able to trace their passage to the US in 1900 (Abraham) and 1906 Freida with my Grandfather, two aunts and one uncle from Bucowina, Roumania but not further back then that; I hope something on their tombstone may provide a direction or a hint to go after.
Usually a Jewish lodge or society is named after the city or town that the members came from.
My family was in the Bobroisker Society, named after the Russian city of Bobroisk.
There are several Jewish historical societies and geneological societies online you can contact.
The spellings of city names may have changed, but stick with its core spelling when searching for information about it.
Also, you can check the U.S. Census records and Immigration record to see where they came from or were listed as coming from (on the both records).
Where are you? Still in the NYC area?
If you go to any conservative or orthodox synagogue, or any cheder or yeshiva, there will be someone who can read and translate the hebrew for you.
No, we’re in south Florida and do not know any Orthodox Rabbi’s down here.
Knowing the talents of Freepers and how many speak/read Hebrew I was hoping someone on here could help.
Brytani needs helps translating some Jewish head stones ping. (Do a search on Jewish or Jew and find other articles and probably other knowledgable folks.)
hosepipe, thanks for the link.
Brytani, don’t know what the top two letters refer to, but, the main part says:
Avraham Yehuda bar (son of) Dov
date of death in the month of Tishrei.
The last part are the inital letters for: May his soul be bound up in the bond of life. (Inscription on gravestone.)
The right side says: Freida bat (daughter of) Moshe Mendel
date of death - Simchat Torah
The two letters at the top are the Pey-Nun abbreviation for “poh nitman” or “poh nikbar” which means “hear lies”....
Abraham Yehudah, son of the worthy Dov
Died . . . Tishri . . . (date of death)
May his soul be bound up in the bond of eternal life
Frieda (Nathan/given?) Moshe Mendel
Died Simchat Torah . . . (date of death)
May her soul be bound up in the bond of eternal life
The third line starts with נ'פ which is an abbreviation for נפשו נפטר which means "His soul died," followed by the date in Hebrew according to the Jewish calendar.
As a Christian, I believe the soul to be immortal, and thought that the case in Judaism as well. Or is there a typo?
Either way, thanks for the education.
And חַג שָׂמֵחַ
OK, now I see that those smaller letters after "Frieda" are the word "bat" and the letter "r," which means "daughter of the worthy." (I was having a hard time distinguishing the letter "b" from an "n" and the letter "r" from a final "n.")
In either case, though, it expresses the biblical belief in life after death, which is the point.
South fl is full of jews. Look up a yeshiva for your zipcode.
So, then, what's the point of the resurrection? Everyone dies. Some get resurrected and go to heaven. Some don't.
See, I and others like me see the soul as immortal--
--and the resurrection is of the body. With improvements.
As with our Lord, Whose soul did not die with His body on the cross--
--but rejoined that body, made new and improved, perfected as it were, at His resurrection.
And yes, the damned are resurrected bodily. They just-- have a different destination.
I have Scripture, if you need it.
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