Julie describes her new Taphophile Tragics meme as "a warm touch on cold hard stone."
Here is a little more about the Trumpeldor Cemetery I started to talk about here.
This can also be a tour for Our World Tuesday.
The first burials were in 1903, victims of a cholera epidemic.
The cemetery was then situated far from human dwellings because of this plague.
But as Tel Aviv (founded in 1909) grew, the cemetery became surrounded by buildings.
So sit and consider this unofficial pantheon of the great leaders, public figures, educators, writers, journalists, even singers, of the Zionist endeavor.
How strange the sabra cactus looks here. Perhaps the deceased was a Sabra (a native-born Israeli).
Just a very few plots remain, and their starting price is 75,000 shekels (more than $20,000)!
But (reminiscent of yesterday's Psalm 49) all the dead, rich or poor, will be wrapped in a shroud, wheeled to the grave on this simple gurney, and laid in the earth with no coffin.
Dust to dust, ashes to ashes.