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Zikharon by DamaInNero Zikharon by DamaInNero
According to the legend, Rabbi Kalonymus, “Baal-a-nes”, who was buried in the Jewish cemetery, miraculously saved the Jews of Jerusalem from the “blood libel” at the foot of Mount Olivet, near the tomb of Prophet Zechariah. The Arabs killed one of their own children and threw the corpse in the synagogue courtyard to blame the murder on the Jews (which kind of keeps happening to date…). This happened on a Saturday, but Rabbi Kalonymus ignored the precept which tells not to work on a Shabbat: he wrote one of God's Holy Names on a piece of parchment and placed it upon the young boy's forehead. An angry Arab mob gathered for a pogrom and suddenly a miracle took place: the boy stood up and pointed to his true murdered. The Jews were saved, but Rabbi Kalonymus convicted himself for breaking the Shabbat. He ordered that anyone who passed by his tomb would throw a stone, but the grateful Jews had their own way to follow their wise saviour's instructions: each time they visited the cemetery, they gently laid a pebble on the pile of stones growing on his headstone. This is how the custom of laying pebbles on the tombs spread in Israel and in the whole diaspora.

The Old Jewish Cemetery in Prague, Czech Republic.

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Zagzagel Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you for this. This takes me back to Sunday school when I was a boy. I remember the Rabbi telling us this story during a study session and there was no fidgeting or whispering, just rapt attention. Isn't it funny what you remember from your childhood?
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DamaInNero Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015
It's very true! Luckily I, too, had a happy, serene childhood of which I have beautiful memories. :)
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