One girl has realized that she can make a difference by painting stones. For her, it’s one of the best ways to help “make the whole world feel better.”
“The ladybugs are for good luck and the hearts are for just a little bit more love,” Ayel Morgenstern explained. Ayel was talking about the stones that she had just painted. She was busy preparing them for several families who became victims when several cemeteries got vandalized.
“When she heard about the hate crimes happening at cemeteries throughout the country she said she wanted to make a difference and turn the hate into something positive,” Lauren explained. For Ayel’s family, the need to help stems from something personal.
Back in February, they watched a news about vandalism in Jewish cemeteries and spotted a tombstone with the last name Pearl. The family would soon learn that Rebecca Pearl is actually Ayel’s great-great-grandmother. After seeing what happened, Ayel became determined to help find a way to give the families some comfort.
According to a report from Today, Ayel first thought about holding a bake sale to help raise money for families with destroyed tombstones. It was equally challenging for Ayel to join the clean-up efforts since she lives all the way from Parkland, Florida. Determined not to become discouraged, Ayel realized that she could help by using rocks.
Ayel’s hand-painted rocks help remember and honor the dead.
“We ended up hand-painting rocks. Jewish tradition is you put a rock on the tombstone when you go to the cemetery,” Lauren explained. According to website shiva.com, placing a small stone on a grave is customary of Jewish mourning tradition. When you place a stone, it serves a sign that someone had visited. It also tells everyone that the memory of the deceased will always live on.
To date, Ayel’s rocks have managed to reach three Jewish cemeteries attacked with vandalism. She had also sent boxes of rocks to St. Louis, Rochester and Philadelphia. Every time Ayel sends her hand-painted rocks, she encloses a note that says, “I want to make the whole world to feel better and for everyone to be kind.”
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