Saturday, December 13, 2008

Why visit a Jewish cemetery?

For genealogists, the reason is obvious, but others may not understand why visiting cemeteries is a valuable experience. Here are some of the main reasons to visit a (Jewish) cemetery:

- It's free. No entrance fee (at least for the living).
- It's open 24-hours a day (except Shabbat and Holy Days).
- Residents are always at home.
- No appointment required.
- Talk all you want; no one will argue with you.
- Always meet new people and learn something new.
- Stories don’t change according to who tells them.
- It's quiet, calm, and if you talk, no one will shush you.
- Did I mention entrance is free?
- Addresses don’t change, people just get new neighbors.
- Every city has one (or more).
- No grandma is going to stuff you with food.
- Come empty-handed - no one will complain.

Do you have your own reasons?
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  1. Hi Dan:
    I find most of the postings to the "Jewish Graveyard Rabbit" to be very interesting and enriching. I suggest that you state your policy about reprints of the postings to JGR for genealogy society publications and mass emails. I hope that you will look upon this favorably, so long as credit to this blog is given with the posting or printing.
    Keep up the good work!
    Marlene Bishow

  2. Hi, Marlene,
    As Chief Rabbit, I thank you for your comment. The policy for Rabbit is much the same for Tracing the Tribe. Credit to Rabbit or Tracing the Tribe, with the full credit URL link. JGS publications are always fine. Mass emails may be a problem as some of these may be considered spam and we don't want to be caught in that net. I suggest that those who wish to reprint, write to me and I can give express permission for that publication or list.
    Schelly Talalay Dardashti