JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: observation while walking in a Jewish cemetery #general


P. S. WYANT <p.wyant@...>
 

Perhaps this response was posted has already been posted privately to
Mr. Hall, but I understand the custom is said to have originated during
the Exodus. When someone died and was buried into the hard ground of the
Sinai desert, his or her grave was covered with a pile of rocks to
prevent being dug up by wild animals. This original necessity of the
Exodus has been remembered and preserved to the present day by leaving
leaving rocks as a sign of one's presence.

Peter Wyant
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

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