Re : Rocks on tombstones #general

Stan Goodman <stan@...>

On Sun, 2 Aug 1998 06:00:25, Alexander Serebrenik
<> 'llowed:

 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...
 Best regards,

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.

Stan Goodman
Qiryat Tiv'on


from Lomza Gubernia in Russian Poland: Nowicki, Neimark.
from Dorohoi District in Romania: Hertanu, Abramovici, Lauer.
from Iasi in Romania: Grisaru, Vataru.