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The concept of the unveiling stems from the need to mark the clearly mark the grave-site. Removing the cloth from stone symbolizes erecting the tombstone. Making sure that the grave-site is marked properly is a form of honoring the deceased. In this sense, it would appear that removing the cloth is a similar gesture to placing a stone on the grave-site (a ...


The newer Madrikh, by Rabbi Bulka, says the point is for the family to get together to make sure the tombstone is properly in-place (hence the Hebrew term, "hakamat matzeiva"); he then says the "unveiling" practice, whereby the stone is first covered by a cloth and then given a dramatic reveal, "has no basis in Jewish practice whatsoever." (Me: yet it ...

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