Dubin, David M. MD
In reply to the reply about the tradition of having mothers’ names on tombstones, the tradition seems centered in Bratislava (Pressburg). It is found on nearly all stones in the new orthodox cemetery (which accepted burials starting in about 1850). It reportedly predates the arrival there of the famed Rabbi Moshe Schreiber, the “Chasam Sofer.”
In fact the stones in that cemetery only rarely include fathers’ names. The thought was that the departed were on their way to the next world, the “world of truth (עולם האמת in Hebrew),” and since paternity could not be 100% certain in those days, only the mother’s name was etched on tombstones.
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