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I am a former computer programmer/technical writer and am currenlty retired. I have been involved in researching genealogy in the Spis Region of Slovakia and certain towns in Poland. Since there are almost no Jews living in the Spis Region now, I have a colleague, an Evangelical Christian, living in Kezmarok, who has undertaken to travel and photograph tombstones in the abandoned/destroyed/neglected Jewish Cemeteries there.

Since 2004, he has e-mailed me these photographs and I have translated and captured relevant information from the tombstones. He has also found birth, marriage, and death records for the same towns, and we maintain spreadsheets of this information. We also published a small book about our findings.

People looking for their ancestors have benefited greatly from this information.

Some of my questions are a direct result from my on-going research and attempts to understand what I cannot find anywhere else.


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comment Are the Aramaic root ק.ב.ל and the Hebrew root ק.ב.ל related?
How would the Hebrew word, makbil מקביל, meaning "parallel," fit in with this? Is one line, opposite the other? Something to ponder.
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comment Issues with Wording, Honorifics, Symbols, Rashei Teivot on Tombstones
Thanks, Alex. I have also been told that my grandfather, Leopold (Aryeh Leib) GOLDSTEIN, who had smicha possibly from the Pressburg Yeshiva, was considered Rosh Hakehila in Kezmarok, Slovakia. I had also heard that he would meet perhaps weekly to "learn" with the Protestant minister as well. But I have no real proof of any of this. He, with grandmother, some daughters and a son were all killed in WW II. So I appreciate what you had to say in that regard.
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asked Issues with Wording, Honorifics, Symbols, Rashei Teivot on Tombstones
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answered What are the Hebrew titles for synagogue functionaries in various communities?
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answered Can anyone help decipher the bottom two lines of this inscription?