tom klein <h-sig@...>
"Margarita Lacko" <mishpologia@...> wrote:
What do the three letters "lamed-pey-koof" mean, after the year?the three letters are an abbreviation of "lifrat qatan", which indicates that the date is written without the millenium (i.e "665" instead of "5665").
I would like to know if there is a difference between "Hersch" andpractically, they are the same name, >from the german/yiddish for deer. local dialects often change the pronunciation of yiddish vowels. the spelling on this stone, however, doesn't go either way - it is spelled "h-r-sh", leaving the reader to fill in the vowels. normal yiddish spelling would have used either a yud (for "hirsch") or an ayin (for "hersch").
"hey-mem" is probably "hamekhuneh", which means "known as" or "nicknamed". obviously, whoever officiated at the wedding felt that mendel needed a "proper" hebrew name, and so they gave him one. this would be more common at a divorce, where the rabbinic court is very careful about the details of the parties' identities, than for the deceased father of the bride at a wedding, but...
....... tom klein, toronto