Genizah Burial

We buried holy books in a genizah at our cemetery on April 10, 2016.

Rabban Simeon ben Gamliel said, "No monument is needed for the righteous. Their words are monuments." There is no monument placed where holy books are located in a cemetery, for our actions stand as a testimony to their words. As we do not throw away words on which God's name is written, so teach us to care for those in whom God's image is reflected. For the old and their wisdom, For the young and their dreams. For our parents and teachers, For our students. As our rabbis taught, "Much wisdom I have learned from my teachers, more from my colleagues, but from my students I have gained most of all."
Our rabbis taught that after Moses our Teacher broke the tablets when he saw the people of Israel worshiping the Golden Calf, the shattered pieces were kept and placed in the Ark next to the second set of whole ones. As we do not carelessly throw away words on which God's name is written, so teach us to show compassion for those who are worn. For the sick of body, the broken-hearted and downcast, the lonely and bereft of spirit. May we remember that all are created in God's image. For one who saves a single life is as if a world were saved.
And Adonai spoke to Moses, saying, "Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, On this wise you shall bless the people of Israel, saying to them,
'May God bless you, and keep you; May God's face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; May God show you favor, and give you peace.'
And they shall link My Name with the People of Israel; and I will bless them."
An evil government made study of Torah illegal. But Rabbi Hananiah ben Teradion occupied himself with it, gathered assemblies to teach it, and kept a Scroll of Law close to him. The evil ones took hold of him, wrapped a Torah around him, placed brancches under him, and set him on fire. Hananiah's disciples called out, "Rabbi, what do you see?" He answered, 'The parchment is burning, but the letters are soaring to heaven." May the words in these holy books we bury live on in our hearts and in our deeds. With respect for God and our heritage, then, we bury these sacred words.