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I'm trying to understand the meaning of these letters which I believe are Hebrew. Can someone who is familiar with the language please provide a translation? I realize that it's a relatively poor image but it's the best I can come up with at this time.

Thank you in advance.

Image of Hebrew letters

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    Could you perhaps provide more context? The second word is Moshe as in the Hebraic form for the name Moses.
    – Dov
    Commented Aug 18, 2022 at 18:22
  • I would guess the first word is יחיאל = Jehiel, another name
    – Joel K
    Commented Aug 18, 2022 at 18:26
  • @JoelK it looks like ידיצל ??
    – Dov
    Commented Aug 18, 2022 at 18:28
  • @Dov I saw it in a photo and was curious about what it meant.
    – jwh20
    Commented Aug 18, 2022 at 18:32
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    @dov I agree that’s what it looks like at first glance, but obviously that’s meaningless. And the OP said the picture is of poor quality. So I’m guessing, based on the second word being a name.
    – Joel K
    Commented Aug 18, 2022 at 18:41

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Looks like it says השם לצידי (Hashem is on my side/next to me), but with the letters in reverse order for some reason.

  • I’ve seen several Hebrew tattoos where the letter were in reverse order. The last one I saw was supposed to be one of G-d’s names, but was printed backwards.
    – Menachem
    Commented Aug 18, 2022 at 20:28
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    @Menachem Now that you mention it, the OP's picture does look an awful lot like a tattoo.
    – Meir
    Commented Aug 18, 2022 at 20:32
  • Could be a simple mixup by someone who doesn't realize Hebrew is spelled right-to-left.
    – N.T.
    Commented Aug 19, 2022 at 1:50

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