Re: Help With Hebrew Gravestone Translation Please #translation


davidmdubin@...
 

 
The two letters likely stand for godfearing as others wrote. 
 
Here comes too much information:
 
The confusion is the abbreviation (acronym) י״ד
 
Malka misread it as הי״ד “god should avenge his blood.” השם ינקום דמו
I initially thought the initial letter was left off for whatever reason, leaving “his blood should be avenged” יינקם דמו
Others rightly say it’s “godfearing” ירא השם, changing the letter ה to ד as is often done. The phrase Is commonly spelled out at that point in inscriptions so that’s likely correct. 
 
Why the letter change?
1- the acronym י״ה spells out a name of god, a no-no
2- the letter ה has taken on quasi-holy status as a stand-in for god’s name, even though all “השם“ means is “the name”, so it’s often changed to similar-appearing ד. 

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David Dubin
Teaneck, NJ

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