Stones Not Flowers: Visiting My Grandparents’ Graves

One of the oddest Jewish traditions I’ve encountered is the custom of placing a small rock on top of the headstone or somewhere close to a gravesite rather than flowers. I love the color, the reminder of life flowers offer the gravesite of a loved one. It’s comforting to see another living thing when you’re surrounded by so much death. I had to wonder why bring a cold, hard rock. What message does…