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Steve7
Posted: Friday, August 29, 2014 11:46:45 AM
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Hello,

I've just tracked down my grandfather's gravestone and I would most appreciate it if somebeody could translate the hebrew inscription on it.




Many thanks,

Steve
MiTziGo
Posted: Friday, August 29, 2014 4:21:03 PM

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Welcome. Here you go:

פ"נ

פ"נ is an abbreviation of פה נקבר (po nikbar) literally meaning "Here is buried," the equivalent of the English "Here lies."

ר" נתן ב" ר" שמואל נפטר

- short for רב (Reb), meaning "the worthy."

נתן - His Hebrew name, Natan (anglicized Nathan)

"ב" ר - short for בן רב (ben Reb), meaning "son of the worthy."

שמואל - His father's Hebrew name, Shmuel (anglicized Samuel)

נפטר - (Niftar) who passed away

"כו" אב תשב

This is the Hebrew date of his passing- the 26th of Av, 5702 - According to this site, his passing fell out on August 9, 1942.

"כו - the day of the month, the 26th
כ=20
ו= 6

אב - (Av) the Jewish month of Av

"תשב - Jewish year 5702
ת = 400
ש = 300
ב = 2
(The 5,000 is omitted by convention but is understood to be included in the calculation.)

'ת'נ'צ'ב'ה

This is an acronym for תהא נפשו צרורה בצרור החיים (te'hai nafsho tzerurah b'tzror ha'chayim), meaning "May his soul be bound up in the bond of eternal life." A similar phrase is included in the "e-l malei rachamim" prayer said during funerals, upon visiting a grave, and rememberance days. (http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/367837/jewish/Kel-Maleh-Rachamim.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_male_rachamim)
Steve7
Posted: Saturday, August 30, 2014 3:04:14 AM
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Dear Michal,

Thank you very much for your kindness and time.

Steve
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