Re: Writing on a matzeiva #rabbinic


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On 2006.05.14, Shoshana L. Boublil (nee Skaist) <toramada@...>
wrote:

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 [...]
The matzeiva also states that he "Hirbitz Torah BaRabim" and [...]
"Shiyef v'eal, shiyef venafak" [...]
Why would this be inscribed on a kever? Does the usage give a hint
to the place this man came from?
I checked out the Encyclopedia Judaica on CD-ROM (English. An Aaron
Skaist wrote much o the section on Mesopotamia. You probably know
him.

That Rav Menachem Mendel was described as "hirbitz Torah barabim,"
suggests to me that he was known as a talmud Torah or public school
teacher rather than a great scholar or posek. Alternatively, he
might have discussed Torah regularly on the radio, or in a
newspaper.

Michael Bernet, New York

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