A small town in Southern Lithuania
Where the Jewish Community is no more
Vilkaviskis Jewish Grave motives
The hands held in benediction are the symbol of the Cohens, members of the priestly family of the tribe of Levi. The rabbi devinely blesses the congregation with this posture of the hands. The status of priest is hereditary and carries numerous rights and responsibilities.
The BROKEN BRANCH
The broken branch represents a break in life, that is mortality. There is a suggestion that life was cut short
ANIMALS - The LION
Animals are often a reference to the name of the deceased. The lion corresponds with the name Ari, Leib, Löw (Loew), etc. The lion is also the symbol of the tribe of Judah.
In Hebrew, the hexagram symbol is known as the Magen David [Hebrew for the Shield of David] and it is the most common symbol on Jewish graves.
An open book indicates the presence of a rabbi, an officiating minister, or just a scholar