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Inscriptions – With Hebrew or without?

March 28, 2013
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Inscriptions – With Hebrew or without?

In a recent article in the Jewish Chronicle ‘I didn’t want a traditional headstone for my father’s grave. But what was the alternative?’ Stephen Games describes how he commissioned a unique tombstone for his father, in strict conformation with the four prerequisites imposed by the United Synagogue Burial Society The initials pay nun (for “here lies”) The name of...
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The First Jewish Cremation in Britain – 1888

September 28, 2009
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We have many entries on the CemeteryScribes database for individuals who were famous for their charity and good deeds , their professional and financial achievements, or their contributions to the Arts and Sciences, but this is the story of a person who was famed, not for his life, but for his burial. Camillo Roth,...
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Stonemasons and Monumental Masons

August 30, 2009
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A recent message on one of the forums reminded that for, some time, I had been mulling over a piece about Stonemasons.  Who and where were they? What were the particular skills of their craft? Was this a trade (or craft?) that was handed down from father to son, or could any likely lad...
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An application for a disinterment

July 5, 2009
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An application for a disinterment

George Eliot John (or David) Johnasson, was born in London on 4 February 1863 and was circumcised at 149 Sloane St, Chelsea by Rabbi Asher Ash, on 25th February – somewhat later than the usual seventh day following a birth. He was the only son of John Johnasson and his Belgian born wife,...
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English Law v. Jewish Custom and Practice Marriage with deceased wife’s sister

July 2, 2009
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English law regarding proscribed marriage partners was based entirely on those laid down by the Anglican Church and stemmed from Henry VIII’s reformation of the English Church. These laws almost exactly correspond with those set out in Leviticus, which, whilst explicitly naming the parties forbidden to marry, makes no mention of a deceased wife’s...
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Interesting Headstone from Brady Street Cemetery

May 23, 2009
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Interesting Headstone from Brady Street Cemetery

Well here goes with my first ‘real’ post. Its about an intriguing headstone we found at Brady Street. One of the more difficult to interpret as it included an Acrostic and a Gematria. The inscription was transliterated as: Creature of earth in his mother’s bosom… His gathering comes now … His fineness with those...
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