What we can learn from the dead

Cemeteries and graves are interesting places to learn about history.  Over the past few days we have managed to encounter a number of them in Nazareth, Tiberias (by the Sea of Galilee), and in the hills of Meron on the way to Tzfat where we will be spending Shabbat.  The important things that make a community are schools and cemeteries.  In Nazareth we were surprised to learn that people of all three faiths are buried in the same cemetery though usually they are buried in separate cemeteries.  On the way to Tzfat we visited the hills of Meron, that look like the forests of the Sierra foothills.  We saw a lot of damage from the snow they had a few weeks ago.  Apparently Tzfat got 20 inches of snow.  The tombs of Rabbis Hillel, Shammai, and Tarfon, among others can be found in the area.  I was surprised to see that these rabbis were buried in such a beautiful natural environment.  We will be in Tzfat for Shabbat so a short post tomorrow and then rest.

2 thoughts on “What we can learn from the dead

  1. Mina, I found the images of the old cemeteries fascinating and quite beautiful. Ancient and some newer cemeteries around the world are designed to be a peaceful resting place as well as for prayer or contemplation. I visited many different cemeteries while I lived in Europe several years ago and found the architecture as well as statuary very lovely. Thanks for sharing.

    • Yes, it’s a great way to learn about history as well as culture of the area. In Jewish cemeteries people leave stones or sometimes other objects rather than flowers when they visit so that enriches our understanding of who is there and who has been there.

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