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Writing on a matzeiva #rabbinic


Shoshana L. Boublil
 

Last week, a worker at Har Hamenuchot told us of a kever with our
family name that was neglected -- he didn't recall seeing anyone
visit it in over 20 years.

As our family name is unique, we went over to see the kever and
found an unknown member of the family:

Rav Menachem Mendel ben Rav Yisrael Skaist (we still don't know who
he was; he died in 1960).

The matzeiva also states that he "Hirbitz Torah BaRabim" and then
they have the following sentence:

"Shiyef v'eal, shiyef venafak"

A friend told us that this is probably from:

"Shiyef v'eal, shiyef venafak, velo machzik tivusa lenafshei.

Sanhedrin 88b:

"Eizehu ben ha'olam haba, invesan, ushefal berech, shiyef v'eal,
shiyef venafak, velo machzik tivusa lenafshei"

Rashi: he bends over as he comes in and as he goes out."

Why would this be inscribed on a kever? Does the usage give a hint
to the place this man came from?

Thank you.

Shoshana L. Boublil (nee Skaist)
Ramat Gan, Israel

Researching:
KORB; SKAIST; RABIN; RUBNICH; EPSTEIN; SHERESHEVSKY; OSHEROVITZ; JOFFE;
SEGAL; LEVINE; SHAPIRO; BOUBLIL; ARBIB(ARBIV); KISH.


MBernet@...
 

On 2006.05.14, Shoshana L. Boublil (nee Skaist) <toramada@...>
wrote:

As our family name is unique, we went over to see the kever and
found an unknown member of the family: Rav Menachem Mendel ben
Rav Yisrael Skaist [...]
The matzeiva also states that he "Hirbitz Torah BaRabim" and [...]
"Shiyef v'eal, shiyef venafak" [...]
Why would this be inscribed on a kever? Does the usage give a hint
to the place this man came from?
I checked out the Encyclopedia Judaica on CD-ROM (English. An Aaron
Skaist wrote much o the section on Mesopotamia. You probably know
him.

That Rav Menachem Mendel was described as "hirbitz Torah barabim,"
suggests to me that he was known as a talmud Torah or public school
teacher rather than a great scholar or posek. Alternatively, he
might have discussed Torah regularly on the radio, or in a
newspaper.

Michael Bernet, New York


Larry Tauber <ltauber@...>
 

On 2006.05.14, Shoshana L. Boublil <toramada@...> wrote:

The matzeiva also states that he "Hirbitz Torah BaRabim" and [...]
"Shiyef v'eal, shiyef venafak" [...]
Why would this be inscribed on a kever? Does the usage give a hint
to the place this man came from?
Regarding the inscription "Hirbitz Torah BaRabim" which means he
spread Torah to the public, this can mean anything >from him being a
teacher (in any type of Yeshiva, for children or more advanced, or
even giving informal classes), or someone who supported education
(e.g., monetarily).

The second inscription meaning stooping or bending on entering a
room and on going out is an expression to connate that he was an
extremely humble man, which is considered an extremely desirable
and complimentary character trait.

Larry Tauber
New York, New York