My question is somewhat simple: is there an honorific for particularly righteous, deceased non-Jews? Related: is זכרונו לברכה ever used for non-Jews? I don't recall ever having seen this.

EDIT: I mean honorifics appended to the end of the name.

  • rotten, I've heard or seen, "of blessed memory," if I'm not mistaken.
    – Seth J
    Jun 25, 2013 at 20:56
  • Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/6309
    – msh210
    Jun 25, 2013 at 23:03
  • To address the related question of "Zikhrono Livracha", I don't see what would be wrong with saying "Alav/Aleha HaShalom" (peace be upon him/her).
    – Lee
    Jun 26, 2013 at 14:43
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    @lee there'd be nothing wrong with that as it's not even a Jewish honorific. It just happens to be Hebrew
    – Double AA
    Mar 14, 2017 at 11:45

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By looking at the source we can understand the answer. OB"M or ZT"L comes from the pasuk (Mishlei 10:7) "The mention of a righteous man is for a blessing" Assuming that only a Jew can achieve the level of "Tzadik" that Mishlei is refering to, it seems that the honorific would only apply to Jews. [Non Jews can achieve the level of Pious Among the Nations at most see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Righteous_gentiles#cite_note-SSMH27-4 ]

NOTE: If you are writing/speaking in a forum where the honorific is used for non-jews then I believe that it should be used for derech eretz purposes.

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    "Assuming that only a Jew can achieve the level of 'tzadik'" seems like a pretty big assumption. On what do you base it? Jun 26, 2013 at 14:36
  • did you read the link I added ? Non-Jews can be come "chasiedi umot haolam" but not Tzadik and even then its not clear if that is possible in this day and age according to all opinions.
    – eramm
    Jun 26, 2013 at 15:16
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    @eramm Your link doesn't mention Tzaddik. As counter-examples, we know Noach was a Tzaddik (Gen 6:9), and Avraham called the righteous of Sodom "Tzaddikim" (Gen 18:23). Plus we know that Iyov and Nebuchadnezzar are called Eved Hashem, which is seemingly even higher than Tzaddik (though it might not be a linear hierarchy.)
    – Double AA
    Jun 26, 2013 at 15:39
  • that is the point even though the link deals with a non-jew who is performing all the mitzvot that he possibly can they are still only called "chasiedi umot haolam".
    – eramm
    Jun 26, 2013 at 16:29
  • @danno I suspect he means post-Mosaic non-Jews. – Double AA♦ 19 hours ago so that explains Noach and Sodom
    – eramm
    Jun 26, 2013 at 16:34

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