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Marking someone’s burial place with a tombstone is considered a continuation of the hesed sheel emet mitzvah (commandment of true love).
From this obligation comes the custom of placing pebbles on the grave by visitors to cemeteries. By laying a pebble, we perform a mitzvah of marking the tomb by adding our little pebbles to the existing large stone.
In ancient times, stones protected a corpse laid in a tomb from being desecrated by animals. The whitening of the stones was a sign to avoid the tomb, as the person in contact with the corpse became unclean.
Decorating Jewish graves with flowers was considered a pagan custom (chukkat ha-goj), because it does not serve the deceased and is done to emphasize the wealth of his living family. No flowers were laid on the graves of Orthodox Jews and no ornamental shrubs were planted. Other views were represented by Reform Judaism, which believed that flowers were made in memory of the dead.
Some leave on the graves god-fearing rabbis or tzadikim – Kwiatlech. These are scraps of paper, small pieces of paper on which are written the mother’s name and hers along with a request to God.
Placing a pebble, a candle or a flower is a disinterested goodness because there is no way that the one to whom it is shown can

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