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A formal ceremony devoted exclusively to the unveiling of a monument has no Jewish origin. However, the custom of erecting a monument to honor the deceased dates back to the time of our ancestors when Yaakov Avinu (Jacob) erected one for his wife Rachel (Genesis 35:20).

Over the years, a custom developed to gather at the cemetery for the Hakomas Matzeivah (the unveiling). This ceremony affords the family and friends of the deceased an opportunity to visit the grave site once again and reflect on his or her attributes and positive character traits.

Generally, at the unveiling:

  • Psalms: 33,16,17,72,91,104,130 are recited.
  • A family member delivers a eulogy.
  • The Mourner’s Kaddish is recited if a Minyan (ten Jewish men) is present.
  • The Keil Maleh prayer is recited. (Even if no Minyan is present)

If you would like for us to arrange a Rabbi for the unveiling, and/or for the covering of the stone, please contact us and we will gladly assist you.

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