Jewish Journal

A Field Guide to Kever Avot

by Lisa Armony, Contributing Writer

September 9, 2009 | 5:41 pm

Jews worldwide mark the approaching High Holy Days with annual visits to the graves of departed loved ones.

An ancient custom, Kever Avot, literally “graves of the fathers,” dates... read full article

  • Mount Sinai Unveils New Shiva Prayer Book

    by Allison Krumholz, Contributing Writer

    September 9, 2009 | 5:36 pm

    Jews are a passionate people with a storied history of debate, challenging the spoken and written word and holding an opinion on almost every topic imaginable. Debate is part of our bloodline, encouraged at dining room tables, day schools and yeshivas across the country. What other...

  • Yizkor:

    By Rabbi Anne Brener

    September 9, 2009 | 5:32 pm

    The phrase “time heals all wounds” is misleading. We hold our breath, and as the years pass we hope that the pain of loss will end. Often we are disappointed. However, it is possible to use time as a healer. In so doing the progression of the seasons can bring comfort.


  • A Time to Cast Away Stones

    by Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    September 9, 2009 | 5:27 pm

    They come to the cemetery with a pocketful of stones for the gravesite. Once we’ve recited the tradition’s prayers and a few words of memory, they dutifully place the stones on the marker. But I can see in their faces that the stones they carry home are so much bigger than those...

  • Cemetery Symbols Reveal Customs

    by Edmon J. Rodman

    September 9, 2009 | 5:13 pm

    Hebrew headstones are talking. As the Jewish New Year approaches, we have a good chance to listen — an opportunity, really, to honor lives lived and to deepen our understanding of Jewish time and place by visiting a Jewish cemetery.

    During the month of Elul, leading up to Rosh...