Thursday, July 4, 2013

Changing the wording on a headstone


Where a headstone has become weathered and a new engraving is needed, the child of the person buried there is not allowed to reduce the praises that had been written there beforehand; this is a function of the mitzvah of honouring one's parents. However, one may condense the praises without losing their meaning.

Other relatives are permitted to reduce the praises in order to save money, but they ought to examine whether it would be better to leave the original, weathered headstone in place, with its greater praise.

(Rav Moshe Feinstein, Igrot Moshe Yoreh Deah 1:228)

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