Section: Halacha   Category: Tshuvos
Rav Shmuel Vosner: Can You Put A Photograph On Matzeiva?
A non-religious woman passed away and the family wanted to put her picture in the headstone on her grave.  One son who was religious asked Rav Vosner (Shevet HaLevi 7:137) if this was permissible in halacha.

Rav Vosner said that this is discussed by the Maharam Schick, who says that if the image of the deceased is sculpted into the headstone it is a serious breach of halacha.  The Maharam Schick also makes mention of photographs as well.  He says regarding placing a photograph, all these new inventions lead to another, and Aveira Goreres Aveira.  Chadash Assur Min HaTorah and we stay away from new practices that our father's did not do.  Especially troublesome are customs taken from the Goyim.

Therefore says Rav Vosner, in this case, the son should try to persuade the family not to put the picture in the headstone and explain to them that it is not in the best interest of their late mother who is now in the Olam HaEmes.

Important Note: We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. Please also understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.

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