A Mitzvah to Do for Your Loved Ones…
Not only is it a mitzvah to not leave your final wishes to others, but it is also considered a blessing when one plans ahead. Some say it ensures a long life. In our tradition, when saying “Happy Birthday,” people may wish their loved ones the blessing that they live to be 120 years old. Few will see this age, and everyone will one day face the reality that our earthly journey will come to an end.
The sages of the Midrash, the early interpreters of the Torah, had important wisdom for thinking about our end of days. In fact, they advise us to purchase a burial plot even while we are still alive and well. It is sometimes said that doing so will actually bless one with a long life. On a more practical level, purchasing a grave avoids a burden for a loved one. Sometimes this is a parting gift to those around us.
Our Temple Beth-El family is blessed to have its own sections of the Beth Moses Cemetery in Farmingdale. We continue investing in care and upkeep of the property.
Please consider purchasing graves for your family. A limited number of cemetery plots are available to TBE members in our section. While plots are only available for purchase by synagogue members, they may be used for your extended family. Plots are sold individually and in groups for any number of graves, including 20+. Stuart Botwinick, our executive director, is happy to tour the grounds with you.