Information on tombstones #belarus


Susan Chernin <Susan.Chernin@...>
 

My cousin Rachel and I took advantage of a long visit over the Passover
holidays to visit various cemeteries in the Philadelphia Area. We have
the following questions

Several of the men in our family as well as other male graves had two
hands engraved on them, sometimes palms up and sometimes down with the
fingers grouped in two distinct groups. Can anyone tell us what this
means? Several male tomb stones had five distinct Hebrew letters at
the bottom. The letters were the same in each case. Does any one know
what this means. We also saw this on the stones of men who were nol
in our family

thank you
Susan Chernin
susan.chernin@...


Eleanor Lind <kbx62@...>
 

The hands you describe indicate that the person was a Cohen.
The five letters are the first letters of a memorial blessing, the exact
words of which I have forgotten-I am sure someone wil know.
Eleanor Lind
kbx62@...
London UK

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Eddie Meltzer <edm@...>
 

I believe the grouping of the fingers, somewhat like Spock's hand sign
greeting on StarTrek, is the sign of the Cohanim when they would make a
blessing. Verify this with someone more in the know though.
Ed Meltzer

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-----Original Message-----
Susan Chernin wrote:
Several of the men in our family as well as other male graves had two
hands engraved on them, sometimes palms up and sometimes down with the
fingers grouped in two distinct groups. Can anyone tell us what this
means?
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Eddie Meltzer <edm@...>
 

I believe the grouping of the fingers, somewhat like Spock's hand
sign greeting on StarTrek, is the sign of the Cohanim when they
would make a blessing.
Verify this with someone more in the know though.
Ed Meltzer

Searching:
Meltzer/Melzer/Meltser >from Vilna/Volozhin/Rokov
Sukon >from Wilno

-----Original Message-----
Susan Chernin wrote:
...snip...
Several of the men in our family as well as other male graves had two
hands engraved on them, sometimes palms up and sometimes down with the
fingers grouped in two distinct groups. Can anyone tell us what this
means?
...snip....
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Warren Blatt <wblatt@...>
 

"Susan Chernin" <Susan.Chernin@...> wrote:

My cousin Rachel and I took advantage of a long visit over the Passover
holidays to visit various cemeteries in the Philadelphia Area. We have
the following questions

Several of the men in our family as well as other male graves had two
hands engraved on them, sometimes palms up and sometimes down with the
fingers grouped in two distinct groups. Can anyone tell us what this
means? Several male tomb stones had five distinct Hebrew letters at
the bottom. The letters were the same in each case. Does any one know
what this means.
The answers to these questions can be found in the
JewishGen InfoFile "How to Read a Hebrew Tombstone" at
http://www.jewishgen.org/InfoFiles/Tombstones.html.

Warren

Warren Blatt
Boston, MA
<wblatt@...>


Stan Goodman <geneal@...>
 

The deceased men were Kohanim. This is the meaning of the hands, held in
the manner in which Kohanim bless the congregation at particular points in
worship.

The letters at the bottom are initials for a common formula meaning: "May
their souls be bound up with those of the living". The simplest explanation
of this expression is the hope that their memory will persist in the minds
of their descendants. Others will give you more mystic explanations, so I
must justify my own, as follows.

The word usually translated as "soul" is "nefesh". It's real meaning in
Hebrew is simply "self", and so it is is Arabic as well ("nafs"); the
mystic idea of "soul" is a Christian (probably pre-Christian European) one.

On Thu, 1 Jan 1970 01:59:59, Susan.Chernin@... (Susan Chernin) wrote:


My cousin Rachel and I took advantage of a long visit over the Passover
holidays to visit various cemeteries in the Philadelphia Area. We have
the following questions

Several of the men in our family as well as other male graves had two
hands engraved on them, sometimes palms up and sometimes down with the
fingers grouped in two distinct groups. Can anyone tell us what this
means?
Several male tomb stones had five distinct Hebrew letters at the bottom.
The letters were the same in each case. Does any one know what this
means.
We lso saws this on the stones of men who were nol in our family

thank you
susan.chernin@...
Stan Goodman, Qiryat Tiv'on, Israel

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Phyllis Cole <phylliscole@...>
 

Eddie and Susan,
from Arthur Kurzweil's book >from Generation to Generation
p.350-351 on tombstones. Sorry, I don't have Hebrew fonts. get a Hebrew
dictionary.
Fay-nun =for a man
Fay-tet= for a woman
Fay-hay nun/kauf/vav/resh = meaning "here lies"
fay-hay tet/mem/vav/nun/ha = meaning "here is interred"
abbreviated taf/nun/tzadee/vav/~hay= T'hi nishmo tz'ror bitz-ror
ha-chaim
This is a verse >from I Sam 25:29, "May his soul be bound up in the bond of
eternal life"
There are other explanations for days and months. I recommend
this book there is a lot more information on tombstones and other things. I
have no monetary interest in this book.

As for Dr. Spock alias Leonard Nimoy, is Jewish and probably a Ko-hane.
Phyllis Cole
River Edge, NJ


Yoram Cohen <ynep@...>
 

TNTzBH = May his or her soul be bound up in the bond of eternal life.

David Garth
San Francisco

Shimshelevich, Feingold/Finegold, Yedlitski/Jedlicki

From: Eleanor Lind <kbx62@...>
To: "Belarus SIG" <belarus@...>
Subject: Re: Information on tombstones
Date: Wed, 26 Apr 00 21:06:47 -0000

The hands you describe indicate that the person was a Cohen.
The five letters are the first letters of a memorial blessing, the exact
words of which I have forgotten-I am sure someone wil know.
Eleanor Lind
kbx62@...
London UK

EleanorPlatt@...


Michael Press <press@...>
 

i believe that the letters are tav, nun, tsade, bet, heh, standing for
tehi nafsho tserurah bitsror hachayim, 'may his soul be bound in the bonds
of life', which is >from I Samuel 25:29.

michael press


Scott Noar <sman@...>
 

There is a good file explaining this at
http://www.jewishgen.org/infofiles/tombstones.html

Scott Noar


Ofer Cohen <oferco@...>
 

Susan,
Regarding the two hands - the hands engraved on tombstone is a signed the
the burried person was a Cohen. The two positions of the hands are two
forms of the blessing of the Cohanim.

The 5 Hebrew letters are "Tav Nun Tzadei Bet Heh", standing for the Hebrew
idiom, wich is engraved on all the tombstones I have already seen, and its
brief translation is "be his soul packed in the package of the living ones".

Ofer Cohen
Israel


Gene and Ellen Sucov <genellen@...>
 

Dear Susan, First,with regard to the 5 Hebrew letters at the bottom of the
tombstone. Ofer Cohen, in his posting yesterday, gave the translation and
meaning of those letters as follows: "the Hebrew letters: Tav Nun Tzadik
Bet Heh" which stand for Tehe Nishmato Tzrura Bitzror Hakhayim - may his
soul be connected to the living ones - is written on all the Jewish
tombstones."
Second, with regard to the symbol of two hands. The fingers of the
hands are arranged with the thumb separated >from the other 4 fingers; the 4
fingers are in 2 groups, 2 fingers in each group. These form loosely, the
Hebrew letter "shin". The symbol is used to signify that the deceased was
of the priestly class, a Cohen. In Orthodox congregations the Cohen, or
descendant of a Cohen, was granted special priveleges. He was called to the
read >from the Torah first (out of the 7 men so honored on Shabbat) and
secondly, he and other Cohanim were authorized to chant the priestly
blessing over the congregation. During this chanting ceremony, the Cohen
would cover his head and arms with his prayer shawl (tallit) and stretch
his arms out over the congregation, making the sign of the double "shin",
and recite the blessing (with prompting >from a Levite).
You can find more information on these and other practises of Orthodox
Jews in any basic book on Jewish customs.
Sincerely, Gene Sucov

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My cousin Rachel and I took advantage of a long visit over the Passover
holidays to visit various cemeteries in the Philadelphia Area. We have
the following questions

Several of the men in our family as well as other male graves had two
hands engraved on them, sometimes palms up and sometimes down with the
fingers grouped in two distinct groups. Can anyone tell us what this
means?
Several male tomb stones had five distinct Hebrew letters at the bottom.
The letters were the same in each case. Does any one know what this
means.
We lso saws this on the stones of men who were nol in our family

thank you
susan.chernin@...