JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Re : Rocks on tombstones #general
Stan Goodman <stan@...>
On Sun, 2 Aug 1998 06:00:25, Alexander Serebreniktoggle quoted messageShow quoted text
The explanation i heard here, in Israel, is that everything
except rocks is mortal (f.e. flowers) - and only stones will
remain forever. So does our memory...
This is very poetic, but probably not historically meaningful.
In many cultures (including ours) it is considered a good deed to take
care of burial of the deceased, for very rational reasons. Placing a
stone (rock sounds a little ambitious) on a grave is an expression of
this good deed, even if the occupant of the grave has been there for
centuries; it is grave maintenance, in that case.
from Lomza Gubernia in Russian Poland: Nowicki, Neimark.