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stone in the Jewish section of Oakland Cemetery, Little Rock, Pulaski Co., AR



This is a Shadow Shot Sunday post, a blogging meme hosted by Hey Harriet. Head over there for more shadowy photos.
I spent some time checking out the section of Jewish burials in Oakland yesterday.

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A father and son who died just months apart...
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The Hebrew on the base of this one is an abbreviation of a verse from the Bible, the first book of Samuel, 25:29, "May his soul be bound up in the bond of eternal life."


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This gate at the back of the section just really intrigued me...it doesn't look as if it has been used in years but I wondered if at one time, Jews were required to enter and exit through this gate instead of the main gate.
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I highly recommend JewishGen for assistance with interpretation of symbols on Jewish gravestones.
In the summer of 2009, I went downtown to photograph some Civil War graves and monuments at the Little Rock National Cemetery for a possible volunteer project with the National Parks Service.

And Oakland is just next door...it's one of my favorites. One of my great-great grandmothers is buried there - something I did not learn until I had already been there multiple times and taken hundreds of images.

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Funerary symbols abound in old cemeteries.

I love the draped urn...a life snuffed out.

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Just sleeping...I think this one also qualifies as a hip tomb. (Note the resemblance to a hipped roof in the middle under the cover.)

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Not sure exactly what the symbolism is here...that the earth will cover the mortal remains, perhaps?

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Lots of obelisks...

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The child's stone is the tallest one in that family plot...

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Sarcophagi and mausoleums...

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And stones on the stone...a practice that is literally thousands of years old, and began in times when nomadic Jews stopped in their journeys to repair graves, heaping more stones and pebbles on top of shallow graves dug in rocky soils to prevent disturbance of the grave by animals.

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The practice of placing stones or pebbles on a grave has meaning in other cultures also, with stones representing the immortality of the soul

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