Understanding a phrase on a tombstone #general


Israel P
 

I am a Hebrew speaker, but I am having trouble with a line on a tombstone at
http://www.pikholz.org/ZH/Graves/AharonShelomo.jpg which is my wife's g-g-
gf's grave.

I cannot figure out the context of "tam ruach" in the the third line. Or
is tam perhaps a verb in this case?

Israel Pickholtz


MBernet@...
 

In a message dated 8/7/2005 12:37:48 A.M. Eastern Standard Time,
IsraelP@pikholz.org writes:

< I am having trouble with a line on a tombstone at
_http://www.pikholz.org/ZH/Graves/AharonShelomo.jpg_ (http://www.pikholz.org/
ZH/Graves/AharonShelomo.jpg)
which is my wife's g-g-gf's grave. >
I cannot figure out the context of "tam ruach" in the the third line. >

==I consider "tam" generally as best translated "unpretentious." Tam ru'ach
could be an expression meaning "unpretentious style," or "calm personality,"
or "easygoing."

==After all, the mason had to fill eight acrostic and rhyming lines with
about seven words a line. Some of those phrases were statistically necessary to
be less precise or felicitous than others.

Michael Bernet, New York


Stan Goodman <SPAM_FOILER@...>
 

On Sun, 7 Aug 2005 04:42:11 UTC, IsraelP@pikholz.org (Israel P)
opined:

I am a Hebrew speaker, but I am having trouble with a line on a tombstone at
http://www.pikholz.org/ZH/Graves/AharonShelomo.jpg which is my wife's g-g-
gf's grave.

I cannot figure out the context of "tam ruach" in the the third line. Or
is tam perhaps a verb in this case?

Israel Pickholtz
Hi, Israel...

I must not understand the problem. This line looks very much in
keeping with the usual headstone inscriptions. The evident goal in
such inscriptions is to get as many conventional formulae in as
possible. As in any poetry, it possible to argue with literal
translations of individual words. I read the line thus:

"A man of many works, pure of spirit, an innocent and honest man".


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Stan Goodman, Qiryat Tiv'on, Israel

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