Re: Translation of letters on a tombstone #general

Judith Romney Wegner

At 10:10 PM -0500 12/1/06, Annette Stolberg wrote:

The month is Heshvan, but it is preceded by Mem Resh. .
Do Mem and Resh change the meaning of the month of Heshvan?
No, they don't: the full name of the month is Marheshvan.

Actually that name seems to be the result of an error in
pronunciation and/or writing that developed at some point.
MarheshWan was originally WarheshMan -- but the vav and mem somehow
became transposed. In the original order, the letters vav-resh-het
shin-mem-nun means "eighth month" (W-R-H means month --being
basically the same root as the word Y-R-H meaning "moon")

Has anyone heard of the custom of burying a father and son in the
same grave site? I am not aware of this, if it was an old tradition
in the 1850's.
My husband's maternal grandfather was buried in Vienna in 1926 the
same grave as one of his daughters, who had unfortunately predeceased
him by one year. Multiple burials in one grave are permissible and
were not uncommon, especially where there were space constraints so
that the cemetery cannot be expanded to allow for additional graves.

Judith Romney Wegner

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