Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday: Annie (Perlik) Feinstein (1868-1932)

Transcription: Nechama daughter of Reb Zev died on the 9th of Av, 5692. (August 10, 1932)

Nechama is the Hebrew word for 'comfort.' Common English variants dropped the first syllable and became Hanna or Anna.

A great-great grandmother, Annie, her children, and her mother-in-law immigrated to America in 1891, a year after her husband Selig Dudelsack. She immigrated under the surname Feinstein. The family story had always been that Selig changed the surname in the immigration line. It's possible Annie or her Mother-in-law was responsible, or Selig changed it during the intervening year, and contacted them somehow.

She is buried at Chesed Shel Emeth in the family plot. Annie's tombstone illustrates an unfixable flaw in Hebrew/Gregorian date converters. If you enter 9th of Av, 5692 into a converter, you will be told the Gregorian date was August 11th. However Hebrew days begin at sunset, and Annie's death certificate says she died at 8 pm on August 10th. [Note: The 9th of Av is "the saddest day in Jewish history."]

I have no photograph of Annie, even though I have seen several Feinstein family photos from the 1920s. I'm still hopeful I will find one.

Finally. a meteorite did fall on Archie, Missouri on August 10, 1932. However, Archie is 280 miles from St. Louis, so I suspect the meteorite was unrelated to Annie's death.

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