Tag Archives: Death and Mourning

Headstone, Cimpina, Romania, 2000

“It’s a community where I photographed one couple—that’s all that’s left [of the Jewish community]. They still have one synagogue that nobody visits.” This is what the photographer, Zion Ozeri, has to say about the town of Cimpina, Romania, where he took this picture. When he went with the couple to the town’s Jewish cemetery, he found …

Beit Ha-Hayim, Fez, Morocco, 2004

“Charity preserves from death” is the phrase repeated in Hebrew, English, and French on this charity box at the Jewish cemetery in Fez, Morocco. The phrase comes from the book of Proverbs (10:2). But, it’s not entirely clear who is delivered from death. Is the deceased delivered from a harsh judgment in the world to come when the …