Where Did the Jewish Custom of Placing Small Stones On Graves Come From?

Flowers on gravesites were strictly forbidden by Orthodox rabbis for a long time because of Talmudic rules that nothing can be used for the dead that’s really for the sake of the living.

Pebbles became a more acceptable way of honoring the dead at their grave.

They may have served a dual purpose: the Talmud implies that the soul stays in the grave for a while before going to the afterlife.

The stones could have represented the desire of the living to make sure the souls stayed where they were for a while, by symbolically holding them there.

However the practice began, most agree that the stones represent a more permanent reminder of the deceased than flowers or wreaths, which also die eventually.

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  1. swalahudeen says

    if erected tomb serves no religious purpose other than pre-occupying space and satisfying superstitious impression there may be crisis in the near future where the personal properties of people shall be use as cemetery since others have assumed where they are permanently thereby preventing others from reoccupying.

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