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A.J.L. "Feivel Yosef HaLevi" (#47561658)
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Bio Photo I am grateful for Find A Grave, which facilitates acts of kindness in unique ways, including its photo volunteer program. The site is an absolute treasure trove of history and memories. It has also brought new friendships into my life.

I have long appreciated cemeteries and visiting the graves of ancestors, tzaddikim, and unknown souls, too. I've been fortunate and privileged to visit graves of tzaddikim in Israel, America, and the Ukraine. In Likutey Moharan II:109 we find that the graves of tzaddikim possess literally the same sanctity as the Holy Land (!) and visiting them yields great Tikkun HaBris. I made a video sharing this lesson, here. Important discourses entirely devoted to the topic of visiting graves of tzaddikim include Maimer Lehavin Inyan HaHishtatchus, by the Mittler Rebbe of Chabad, and Sefer HaHishtatchus, by the Tcheriner Rav- R' Nachman Goldstein.

In September 2013 I made a pilgrimage to visit the gravesites of the early Chassidic masters, including the holy Baal Shem Tov in Medzhybizh and his great-grandson Rebbe Nachman in Uman. Other Ukrainian towns I visited included Polonne, Anipoli, Fastov, Zhytomyr, Berdychiv, Shepetivka, Anatevka, and Breslov.

It was all surreal, one of the greatest experiences of my life. To make it one time in my life to Rebbe Nachman's grave and say the Tikkun HaKlali, it is a dream come true, B"H. A havtacha the tzaddik made, unique in all of history. An eternal tikkun, in this world and the next.

To daven from Likutey Tefillos at the actual gravesite of the work's composer, Reb Noson, primary disciple of the Rebbe, in the very city of Breslov! In a prayer from Likutey Tefillos I:33, we ask Hashem that we merit to regularly frequent the graves of tzaddikim.

Visiting A Cemetery:

"Hear your Father, your King, the Creator and Sustainer of the entire universe, saying to you: A visit to a cemetery provides a lesson in both mortality and eternity. When you visit a cemetery, you are visiting the resting place of bodies whose souls are now with Me. Remember what you have gained from the lives of those souls. And reflect on what you can presently learn from their lives. Remember your love for those souls when they were alive and let it remind you of My love for them and for you. Remember how you could have improved your interactions with those souls when they were alive. Let those memories motivate you to refine your words and actions with those who are still alive. Let your visit give you a deeper perspective about the meaning of your life. Let your visit help you to get in touch with what is really important while you are still alive. Let your visit inspire you to do as much good as possible while you still have a chance. Let it inspire you to correct all that you can. Let it inspire you to say those things that you wouldn't want to leave unsaid. Remember that you, too, will be a soul near Me." (My Father My King, Chapter 73, by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin)
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Steve Silbert
Louis, Alta, & Willam Silver
Thank you very much for taking and posting the photo of the tombstone of Louis, Alta, and William Silver.

Louis' older brother Abba Ze'ev brought his large family from NYC to Pueblo as part of the Industrial Removal Office's mission to take Jews out of the NY ghetto and resettle them in small towns across America.

Unfortunately Abba Ze'ev died a few months after arriving in Pueblo. Shortly after, his wife took their eight children back to NYC. Abba Ze'ev is buried in Pueblo.

The importance of the photo that you took lies in Oulis and Alta's son William. We now know that William's Hebrew name was Abba Ze'ev and that he was named for his uncle. William was a 2ns Lt in the 16th Infantry, First Division of the first Army and fought through the campaigns in North Africa, Italy, and the Normandy invasion of DDay. I believe that he died in combat in the Hurtgen Forest near Hamich, Germany.

I've shared this information with an elderly family member of William's and it warmed her heart.

So again, thank you for the photograph.

Added by Steve Silbert on Oct 19, 2013 3:42 PM
RE: Sally Levin
You are welcome. Glad I could help. Do you know what the meaning is of all the little rocks on the gravemarker?
Added by Load on Oct 07, 2013 9:41 AM
Gene Baumwoll CSW
Kyrias Pupa cemetery
Thank you for your kind words. Unfortunatly my friend in France who has translated names and dtes for me has not gone further..I would dearly love to know what some of the inscriptions say...
If you have time, please translate some for me?
It has been a labor of love for me.
Added by Gene Baumwoll CSW on Oct 02, 2013 1:27 PM
RE: R' Rosencrantz
I am happy I could do this for you. It took 2 visits for me to figure out the reflection and sun position challenges, I am not an expert photographer. (-: Going back right after the sun went behind the Flatirons (mountains in the background) helped a lot. Peter Israel Rosencrantz's polished black granite headstone is so beautiful, it was my pleasure. Take care, Amy
Added by amys on Nov 27, 2012 9:50 PM
Esther Zigmond
Thanks again for another great photo AJ. Also, I really appreciate the closeup so we can translate the Hebrew.
Added by FamilyHistoriansets on Oct 29, 2012 3:02 PM
RE: Many thanks
you are very welcome! It's good to know that there are people who care about these graves. I wish Mikveh Israel #3 was more accessible, but at least it's not trashed or overgrown like many old cemeteries.
Added by raytracer on Aug 08, 2012 5:40 PM
Susie Holderfield
Morrow family
Thanks so much for taking the photos of Jennie Morrow and her son Harry at Fairmount Cemetery in Denver, Find A Grave Memorial# 31798996. I really appreciate it. Jennie's husband was Matthew. He is buried in Ohio. He was in Co I, 120th OVI in the Civil War. I have been researching the 120th Ohio Volunteer Infantry for the last 11 yrs in order to identify the men. I would like permission to use your photos on my site and on any CD or print copy of my research that I will give to the Wayne County library in Wooster OH. I always give credit for the photos.
Thanks for any help.
Susie Holderfield

Added by Susie Holderfield on Jul 24, 2012 2:49 PM
Judy H
RE: Twerskis
Thank you so much for thinking of me. The photos are wonderful and I enjoyed looking at them. I love the black and white images. I shared the link with my friend who helped me with the translations.
Added by Judy H on Jul 12, 2012 7:54 AM
Tina Galey-Horrall
Hi, Can you tell me what the Hebrew inscription means? Best of luck with your research! Tina
Added by Tina Galey-Horrall on Jun 27, 2012 8:11 PM
Sarah Neuman
What wonderful pictures, plus you included the Hebrew transcription in the caption. What a beautiful job. Thank you so very, very much. Sue
Added by FamilyHistoriansets on May 21, 2012 5:41 PM
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