In a message dated 5/5/2006 3:45:32 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
< On finding my Great grandmothers grave at Edmonton
Federation cemetary,I have a querry for geners with
more knowledge then me,At the top of her grave are
enclosed hands with 2 candlesticks,Which i read as
meaning a Cohen,Which has confused me as i have always
known this to be passed through the male line and dont
understand the meaning of this. >
==Your thinking is absolutely correct. The conventional symbol on a Cohen's
tombstone is two hands in the priestly blessing position, thumbs touching and
the fingers spread as two pairs on each hand.
==candlesticks are occasionally seen on 19th and 20th century tombstones as
tributes to wives and mothers who are responsible for the sabbath lights.
They are a matter of personal dessire or may be marks of a stonemason's salesman
< To add to the confusion her fathers name on her
marriage certificate is Israel,A hebrew name in its
own right,Yet on the grave in Hebrew she is Chana bet
Binyamin(Benjamin) im am now totaly confused by this,I
know i have the right grave,If anyone can enlighten me
on either subject i would appreciate it. >
==I can think of no explanation. Could Binyamin be a stepfather who helped
raise her? Could he have been named Israel at one time and Binyamin at
another (or even the same)? Hebrew for "daughter [of]" is "bat."
=="Bet" (or "beyt") means "house [of]." So the notation on the tombstone may
indicate the family name: was she or her father surnamed Benjamin?
Michael Bernet, New York