Tag Archives: Judaism

Lovely Photos of a Bygone Era

Carved Memories: Heritage in Stone from the Russian Jewish Pale by David Goberman My rating: 4 of 5 stars Robert Pinsky’s introduction to this collection of David Goberman’s gravestone photography is poetic and devastating. Pinsky speaks of these gravestones as … Continue reading

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Death’s Garden: Communing with the Dead

by George V. Neville-Neil In 1998, I quit my job as a manager in a software firm and decided to bounce around Europe, a place I’d lived and worked in, but never really visited. I made my entrance to Europe … Continue reading

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Brief thoughts about a book you shouldn’t miss

The American Resting Place: 400 Years of History Through Our Cemeteries and Burial Grounds by Marilyn Yalom My rating: 5 of 5 stars The definitive text on burial grounds in America, this provides a guidebook for all your cemetery quests. … Continue reading

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Czech graveyards as community records

Old Bohemian and Moravian Jewish Cemeteries by Arno Parik My rating: 3 of 5 stars Arno Parik’s introduction opens with the Talmudic law that the dead are to be guaranteed the eternal inviolability of their graves. When founding these historic … Continue reading

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Beautiful gravestone motifs

Graven Images: Graphic Motifs of the Jewish Gravestone by Arnold Schwartzman My rating: 5 of 5 stars What an indispensable little book this is! It collects 240 full-color photographs of motifs on Jewish gravestones, breaking them down into family symbols, … Continue reading

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