Bag of Earth from Mount of Olives from Jerusalem

caption:
Earth from the Mount of Olives from Jerusalem. The image on the front is a smaller version of the image depcted on the back of the bag. The image depicts the Pillar of Absolam, the Tomb of the Sons of Hezir and Tomb of Zechariah.

Identifer: CJF.2013.001.007

Medium
Canvas

Topics
Jerusalem; Death

Collection
Golf Manor Synagogue

Description
Soil from the Mount of Olives is customarily used in the burials of religious Jews who have died in the Diaspora. While preparing the body for burial, soil is sprinkled in the coffin and on the corpse while the following verse is recited: “His land will atone for His people.” (Deut. 32:43). 

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