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Obj. ID: 32129  Tombstone of David son of Moshe Ha-Levi in Ptuj, Slovenia, 1303

© Center for Jewish Art, Photographer: Radovan, Zev, 2000.

According to Baumgarten (see bibliography), the tombstone was found in water and in the early 20th century stood next to a tower. The text of epitaph was published for the first time in 1903 (Baumgarten), the photographs of the tombstone appeared in Jüdisches Lexikon, 3:486. 

The tombstone is a stela with a graded rectangular base and a protruding frame. The tombstone bears an inscription in Hebrew with square filled letters. Our reading differs from that of Baumgarten and Herzog, but follows that of Kober (see bibliography):

האבן הזאת

אשר הוקם

לראש ר' דוד

בר' משה ע' [=עליו השלום]

שהלך לע' [probably a mistake of the cutter]

לעולמו ביו' [=ביום]

א' כ' ימים

לירח כסליו

א'נ'ח'מ ה' [=64]

לפרט ת'נ'צ'ב'ה' [=תהיה נשמתו צרורה בצרור החים]

א'א'א'ס [=אמן אמן אמן סלע]

This stone / was erected / to the head [of the community], rabbi David / son of rabbi Moshe / that passed away / away on / Sunday, the 20th day /of the month of Kislev / in the year [50]64 [= 30 November, 1303] / May his soul be bound in the bundle of life / Amen, amen, amen, selah.

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Tombstone of David son of Moshe Ha-Levi in Ptuj | Unknown
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1303
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115 cm
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66 cm
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54 cm
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Bibliography

Baumgarten, Emanuel. Die Juden in Steiermark: Eine historische Skizze. Wien: Löwit, 1903. P. 61.

Herzog, David. “Jüdische Grabsteine und Urkunden aus der Steiermark.” Monatsschrift für Geschichte und Wissenschaft des Judentums 80, no. 1 (1936): 63–64.

Jüdisches Lexikon. Ein enzyklopädisches Handbuch des jüdischen Wissens. Vol. 3. Berlin: Jüdischer Verlag, 1928. Illustration on page 486.

Kober, Adolf. “Jewish Monuments of the Middle Ages in Germany: One Hundred and Ten Tombstone Inscriptions from Speyer, Cologne, Nuremberg and Worms (1085-c. 1428).” Proceedings of the American Academy for Jewish Research 14 (1944): 149–220 (here p. 176).

Harck, Ole. Archäologische Studien zum Judentum in der europäischen Antike und dem mitteleuropäischen Mittelalter. Petersberg: Michael Imhof Verlag, 2014. P. 567.

Premk, Janez (avtor, prevajalec, fotograf). Po sledeh judovske dediščine na Slovenskem : razstava, Sinagoga Maribor 6. 9.-25. 10. 2009 = Tracing jewish heritage in Slovenia. [COBISS.SI-ID 64989026]


Premk, Janez and Mihaela Hudelia, Jewish Heritage: A Guidebook to Slovenia (Ljubljana: JAS, 2014)
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Researcher
Vladimir Levin | 2019
Architectural Drawings
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Computer Reconsdivuction
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Language Editor
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Project Digitization of Jewish Heritage in Slovenia | 2018-2020

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