In a message dated 7/24/2005 10:54:14 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
< I have a tombstone >from 1865 which has a strange acronym on it. It
appears to be the deceased's father's name.
The stone reads:
< Morenu Harav Elijahu B R N H (Bet Reish Nun Heh) zecher tzadik livracha
Died On the eve of the 7th day of pesach ....
< Usually, right after the person's name, would come his father's. That is
why I think the acronym is the father's name.
The Bet and Heh could stand for Ben reb, but the rest? >
I guess it couldn't be connected to R. Elijah b. Hayyim of Constantinople
(1530-1610), author of Teshuvot ha-Ranach, who was known as Maharanach.
Michael Bernet, New York