Re: Question about a matzeva: is Samuel mis-spelled or is a Yiddish alternative used? #names

Peter Cohen

In addition to the answers described below, one does find mis-spellings from time to time. On my father's headstone (d. 1959) his name Ruvain is mis-spelled in that the aleph, which is supposed to follow the initial letter resh, is missing. Why? Apparently it happened because my mother asked my oldest brother (who was 14 at the time) to provide the spelling when she ordered the monument.  So, there are all kinds of reasons why names can be mis-spelled on a matzeva (including lack of space).
Peter Cohen

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