Writing on a matzeiva #rabbinic


Shoshana L. Boublil
 

Last week, a worker at Har Hamenuchot told us of a kever with our
family name that was neglected -- he didn't recall seeing anyone
visit it in over 20 years.

As our family name is unique, we went over to see the kever and
found an unknown member of the family:

Rav Menachem Mendel ben Rav Yisrael Skaist (we still don't know who
he was; he died in 1960).

The matzeiva also states that he "Hirbitz Torah BaRabim" and then
they have the following sentence:

"Shiyef v'eal, shiyef venafak"

A friend told us that this is probably from:

"Shiyef v'eal, shiyef venafak, velo machzik tivusa lenafshei.

Sanhedrin 88b:

"Eizehu ben ha'olam haba, invesan, ushefal berech, shiyef v'eal,
shiyef venafak, velo machzik tivusa lenafshei"

Rashi: he bends over as he comes in and as he goes out."

Why would this be inscribed on a kever? Does the usage give a hint
to the place this man came from?

Thank you.

Shoshana L. Boublil (nee Skaist)
Ramat Gan, Israel

Researching:
KORB; SKAIST; RABIN; RUBNICH; EPSTEIN; SHERESHEVSKY; OSHEROVITZ; JOFFE;
SEGAL; LEVINE; SHAPIRO; BOUBLIL; ARBIB(ARBIV); KISH.

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