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Stones on Jewish Graves

Why do Jews people put stones on graves?

In Judaism, it is a tradition to put stones or pebbles on a grave. But why they prefer to put pebbles instead of flowers? In this blog, we will discuss some of the reasons why Jewish people place stones on the graves. Ari Afilalo is a French Moroccan immigrant and an important part of West Side Sephardic Synagogue. He belongs to a Jewish Moroccan family who grew up in France. Now, he is a well-known personality who lives in NY and believes in Judaism ideology. The reason behind this practice has many different reasons and varies from one to another.

 

According to the Jewish law Talmud, it is mentioned that when a person dies, the soul con­tinues to stay for sometime in the grave where the body was buried. So, whenever somebody keeps the stone on the grave it means that stones or pebbles keep the soul down in this world. Also, it is said that stones and pebbles keep the evils away from the graves.

 

Stones last longer than flowers- In Christians, the tradition of keeping the flowers on the grave is common but Jewish people place stones or pebbles on the grave. They believe that flowers themselves die after some time whereas the stones never die. They symbolize permanent memory and legacy of an individual.

 

Some rabbi gave another interpretation that pebble is known as tz’ror in a Hebrew which means bond. Moreover, the stone shows the bond towards the individual’s memory. People choose some interesting and attractive stones or pebbles to place on the grave of their loved ones.

 

It is important to mention here that there is no tradition of cremation in Jews. Jewish people are strongly against cremation. If you want to know more about the religion of Jews, click here.