The Custom

It is customary when visiting the grave of a Jewish loved one or friend to place a small stone at the graveside, signifying that somebody cares and has been there. This custom dates back to biblical times, when graves were marked with mounds of stones. Each mourner would come and add a stone, and was effectively taking part in the “mitzvah” (meaning commandment and meritorious act) of “matzevah" (meaning setting a stone). A moving example of this ritual is featured at the end of the movie Schindler’s List.

Share a moment, place a stone, touch a memory: