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dkrstulo
Posted: Friday, January 3, 2014 4:21:48 AM

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Please translate what is on this ring. Thanks


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MiTziGo
Posted: Friday, January 3, 2014 5:11:57 AM

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:)
It took me a minute because the angle of the image and the angle of the words on the ring make it a bit awkward to read. However, I am certain that the writing on the ring is:

שמע ישראל ה' אלקינו ה' אחד

Transliterated as: Shema Yisrael Ado-nai Elo-heinu Ado-nai echad.
Translated as: Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One.

This is a central prayer in Judaism. You can read more about it here:
Shema Yisrael-Dictionary
Shema Yisrael-Encyclopedia
Shema Yisrael-Jewish Site (Aish)

There is only one letter on the ring that I am uncertain about, and that is due to the angle of the ring in the photo.

In Judaism, the name of God is considered sacred, and so great care is taken not to desecrate even the written name of God. As such, God's names are often purposely misspelled on non-sacred items. אלקינו is one such purposeful misspelling. Spelled correctly, the ק (the third letter from the right—Hebrew is read right-to-left) would in fact be a ה. Because of the angle of the ring, I cannot tell if the left leg of the letter extends below the bottom of the other letters in the word. If it does, it is the ק. If not, it is the ה.

Here is some information about these letters:
ק
ה

The reason I suspect it might be the misspelled version is because there are two other very legible and purposeful misspellings of God's name on the ring. This may have been done for space-saving purposes (since it eliminates three letters with each occurrence) or for the religious reason mentioned above or both.
is a common way of referring to a name of God and on this ring is used twice to replace the sacred Tetragrammaton י-ה-ו-ה.
dkrstulo
Posted: Friday, January 3, 2014 5:19:44 AM

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Thanks so much on your quick response. I will put 3 more pictures with better angles. Thanks for answering
dkrstulo
Posted: Friday, January 3, 2014 5:24:26 AM

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Here are 3 more pic.

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MiTziGo
Posted: Friday, January 3, 2014 5:43:23 AM

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Much better. So it turns out the fourth word on the ring is actually spelled:
אלוהינו

There is a ו (vav) in there that I missed before what is actually a ה (hay) and not a ק (koof).

This would, I believe, be considered a sacred spelling of God's name, and a religious Jew would therefore treat the ring with a degree of (for lack of a better word) reverence. Some might not set it down on the floor or bring it into a bathroom, as these are not considered appropriate places for an item containing the name of God.

Also, you may be aware, but the stars on the ring are Stars of David, traditional Jewish emblems.
dkrstulo
Posted: Friday, January 3, 2014 5:47:34 AM

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Thanks again. I am happy now to know exact words on it. God bless you!
MiTziGo
Posted: Friday, January 3, 2014 1:13:55 PM

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Glad to help!
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