Re: Deciphering Gravestone #translation


As long as Aryeh Leib's mother was Jewish, then he would automatically be a Cohen.  It is standard practice to put "haCohen" only after the father's name.

BELIEVE, but am not 100% sure, that the "Shochet u'Vodek" refers to his father.

As to the title "Rev", meaning "Reverend".  This is a title that my own father -- who was also a Shochet -- had, as did the other Shochtim [that's the plural] in the town.  It means that the person is a religious functionary in the community, but not a rabbi.  It was a title that was also used, for example, by cantors.
Fredel Fruhman
Brooklyn, New York, USA

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