Taf, nun, tsadi, bet, hey.......may his soul be bound up in the bounds of eternal life.
Today's Sunday post for pause and reflection takes us to the Greensboro Hebrew Cemetery, located at the corner of Vanstory and High Point Road. Temple Emanuel owns and manages the cemetery which originated in the 1920's. Many prominent members of Greensboro's Jewish community are buried here...Sternbergers, Schiffmans, and Isaacsons-- to name a few.
Bereavement in Judiasm combines minhag (traditional custom) and mitzvah (religious obligation). Flowers are not traditionally part of a Jewish funeral. When visiting a grave site, it is a custom to place a stone on the grave. Rocks are much more enduring than flowers and, to the Jewish community, they have great historical significance. The gesture is one of love and memory. The practice of placing a stone acknowledges that someone has visited the grave and, if there is no headstone, serves to mark the location of the grave. There is symbolism in the word pebble itself and God is referred to as the Rock. The tradition has so many facets, all leading to a connection between the departed, the visitor, and God. Some of the stones are brought great distances; some are local; others are pottery stars of David or little glass hearts. If you stop by and place one, be sure to use your left hand. Read more about the symbolism here.
We hope you enjoy your Sunday. See our other religious posts here.