Family surname engraved in Hebrew on the BACK of a gravestone? #names


Eleanor Lind
 

In some UK cemeteries there is only Hebrew on the front with the English surname on the back. Mostly very orthodox communities did this. Certainly til 1940s and probably later as this is my grandfather ‘s stone in Carterhatch lane. Eleanor Lind Brighton UK


N. ARONSON
 

There might well be a religious reason for it. It is brought down from Kabbalistic sources that reading the text of matzeivoth, is harmful for one's memory. By writing the name on the other side one can avoid having to read all other Matzeivoth. However, for that reason one often finds the full name, not just the surname, written there.
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Nachum Aronson


Shimy Karni
 

Hello Myron,
We, In Israel, also write the family name on back of the gravestone, as it helps to find the place of the gravestone when we come every year to the memorial ceremony.
Best Regards,
Shimi Karni, Israel

‫בתאריך יום ב׳, 8 באוג׳ 2022 ב-3:25 מאת ‪Myron Schreck‬‏ <‪schreck2020@...‬‏>:‬

I have a question about having the family surname engraved in Hebrew on the BACK of a gravestone.  My grandfather did that with my grandmother’s Matzeivah in Kolbuszowa in 1930.    Of course, the front was all in Hebrew with my grandmother’s religious name:  Esther Malka bat Moshe Yechiel.   But on the back, grandfather had the name “Schreck” engraved in Hebrew:  “Shin Resh Erin Kof”.  Last night I found a Jewishgen record with a photo of the family surname engraved on the back of the Matzeivah.  It was the “Frost” surname in Hebrew — which is a family I recognized and I had found on the Kolbuszowa 1929 Business Directory.  Has anyone else found surnames engraved ON THE BACK of Matzeivot?   Is this a family custom, or regional custom, or what?   
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MYRON SCHRECK
Moscow, Idaho USA
schreck2020@... 
Researching: Bar, Ukraine; for Brodsky, Perel, Leifer; 
And Kolbuszowa, Poland; for Schreck, Weiss, Blau, Gross, Blau, Franzblau, Jochnowicz, Newman, Kira, Leshkowitz, Leibles


Myron Schreck
 

I have a question about having the family surname engraved in Hebrew on the BACK of a gravestone.  My grandfather did that with my grandmother’s Matzeivah in Kolbuszowa in 1930.    Of course, the front was all in Hebrew with my grandmother’s religious name:  Esther Malka bat Moshe Yechiel.   But on the back, grandfather had the name “Schreck” engraved in Hebrew:  “Shin Resh Erin Kof”.  Last night I found a Jewishgen record with a photo of the family surname engraved on the back of the Matzeivah.  It was the “Frost” surname in Hebrew — which is a family I recognized and I had found on the Kolbuszowa 1929 Business Directory.  Has anyone else found surnames engraved ON THE BACK of Matzeivot?   Is this a family custom, or regional custom, or what?   
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MYRON SCHRECK
Moscow, Idaho USA
schreck2020@... 
Researching: Bar, Ukraine; for Brodsky, Perel, Leifer; 
And Kolbuszowa, Poland; for Schreck, Weiss, Blau, Gross, Blau, Franzblau, Jochnowicz, Newman, Kira, Leshkowitz, Leibles