Re: Information on tombstones #belarus
Stan Goodman <geneal@...>
The deceased men were Kohanim. This is the meaning of the hands, held in
the manner in which Kohanim bless the congregation at particular points in
The letters at the bottom are initials for a common formula meaning: "May
their souls be bound up with those of the living". The simplest explanation
of this expression is the hope that their memory will persist in the minds
of their descendants. Others will give you more mystic explanations, so I
must justify my own, as follows.
The word usually translated as "soul" is "nefesh". It's real meaning in
Hebrew is simply "self", and so it is is Arabic as well ("nafs"); the
mystic idea of "soul" is a Christian (probably pre-Christian European) one.
On Thu, 1 Jan 1970 01:59:59, Susan.Chernin@... (Susan Chernin) wrote:
Stan Goodman, Qiryat Tiv'on, Israel
NEACHOWICZ/NOACHOWICZ, NEJMAN/NAJMAN, ROKITA: >from Lomza Gubernia
ISMACH: >from Lomza Gubernia, Galicia, and Ukraina
HERTANU, ABRAMOVICI, LAUER: >from Dorohoi District, Romania
GRISARU, VATARU: >from Iasi, Romania
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