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Old 08-03-2009, 02:41 PM #1
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Why Do Jewish Headstones Have Smaller Stones Placed On Them?

A few times in the past I've noticed rocks placed on top of headstones in Jewish cemeteries. I never really thought much about it, but today I passed a cemetery and saw this once again. I was just curious what the meaning behind it is.
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Old 08-03-2009, 04:29 PM #2
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a memorial tradition. When I was in Israel, at the holocaust museum, there was a children's memorial there. it was covered in small stones. there are a few "reasons", I believe the most common is to show that someone had visited the site. this might help:
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Old 08-04-2009, 07:05 AM #3
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it also shows how many people go and visit the grave and how you can tell if a person touched many people or many people loved them. And that was straight from a Rabbi at a cemetery in Long Island last August.

I know every time my family visits the cemetery we place stones on the headstones.
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Old 08-04-2009, 08:15 AM #4
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When I think of this, I immediately remember the film Schindler's List. They have a scene that shows this type of memorial and it's moving.
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