I am writing about this to ask if other siggers have noticed
something like what I found and to suggest that others be on the lookout for it....
My ggfather Abraham BERGER (1838-1918) son of Yitskhok Levi lived in
Haradok in the Vilna gubernia and died in New York . When I showed a friend a
photo of his headstone she noticed somehting surprising. If the first letters
each line of the inscription are read downward it spells out a message. There
is Aleph Beys, for Av meaning father, Yud Tsadik Khes Kuf, spelling out the
name Yitskhok. At the end are the letters Lamed Ayin which I interpret as a
diminutive ending so that the whole message is "Av Yitskhokle".
Does anyone know whether acrostics like this are common on headstones
from Belarus and other parts of Europe?Regards