Translation Hebrew German #germany #translation
I have posted a picture of the curtain of a Torah. I would appreciate a translation of the Hebrew text in German or English. The name of the village is probably Biebesheim.
Thank you very much in advance
Wolfgang Fritzsche, Germany
Guten Tag, Herr Fritzsche,
The translation is:
(at the top): The crown of Torah
For the honor of G-d, and for the honor of
the Torah, did dedicate the splendid and important [man], the honored
MICHAEL, son of the honored ME'IR, may he rest in peace
a curtain for the Holy [Ark],
In the year "In order to remember" the dedication
of the house of G-d. Here [in] Bibesheim.
In other words, a man named Michael, whose father was Me'ir (deceased), dedicated this curtain in a particular year. The curtain decorated the Holy Ark in which the Torah scroll was kept.
The year in which this occurred is hinted at by the used of the word "remember" or "your should remember" or "may it be remembered". (It is impossible to know the precise translation, as only consonants appear, not vowels)..
Hebrew letters have numerical values. The numerical value of this word is 627, making the year 5627 (the '5' is understood). The year 5627 began in September of 1866 and end in September of 1867.
The reference to "dedication", which is Chanukah in Hebrew, MIGHT mean that this occurred around the holiday of Chanukah, thus December of 1866.
Brooklyn, New York, USA
In honor of the place and honor
Of the Torah donate by Mi’cha’el son of Me’ir Z’L
A blessing for sanctity
In the memorial year o the dedication
? Chaim synagogue.
Shalom, Malka Chosnek
I'd like to add one detail to the very thorough translation and interpretation from Fredel Fuhrman
From the internet
we can learn that the inauguration of the synagogue of Biebesheim took place on November 22nd 1867.
This gives weight to the assumption that this ornemental curtain for the Holy Ark was prepared for the new synagogue built in 1867.
The inauguration itself took place in the Hebrew year of 5628, but we can assume that the parokhet was ready and maybe in place before the beginning of 5628 = September 30th 1867.Best regards