Jewish symbols – Part 2

Jewish symbols 2

A menorah, a washing cup for netilat yadayim (a ritual washing of the hands upon rising in the morning), and a Torah scroll memorial (for a rabbi).

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Jewish symbols – Part 1

Jewish Symbols 1

After going through several of my photo files, I stumbled across some great symbols I’d discovered in Bikur Cholim cemetery in Seattle. Many of them should be easily recognizable. If not, then a refresher skim through the Book of Psalms (think of singing psalms, accompanied by a harp for the symbol on the upper left) will turn on the light bulb.

For the Live Long and Prosper signal, yes, that’s actually a blessing. Read more here: The Jewish roots of Leonard Nimoy.

I’m curious about the barbed wire Star of David, though. Does it mean this person was a Holocaust survivor?


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A family affair

burning bush 3

This could represent either the burning bush (Jewish), tree of life, or the family tree. Regardless, this is a fantastic memorial located up in Lakeview Cemetery.

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Black sheep, criminals, and scoundrels…

Today’s Sharing Saturday post comes from Genealogy with Janice, and explains how to find all black sheep hiding in your family tree.



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Language of flowers


Another carving from a cemetery on Whidbey Island, this one is of a carved basket holding ferns (symbolizing humility and sincerity), corn (symbolizing rebirth/fertility), and possibly dewdrops, but I’m not sure.

Any flower experts out there who do know, please weigh in.

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Flowers for Herbert


Herbert’s buried in a tiny cemetery on Whidbey Island, up in Washington. The bouquet of flowers appears to include some calla lilies, lily of the valley, and possibly some poppies?


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Creating an interest…

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post on how to create local interest in old cemeteries by telling the interesting life stories about the people buried in them. Here’s a link to Part 2 published on the historical society’s blog.






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