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Tombstones and Trees in The Jewish Literary Journal

I was 44 when I bought a tombstone. It was a double, to stand guard over two side-by-side burial plots. This was not advanced planning or an attempt to lock in the space and price of prime cemetery real estate. I wasn’t following Midrashic advice that suggests buying plots when you’re alive and well. Neither was my decision inspired by superstition: many believe that buying a plot will ensure a long life.

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