Published May-06-05
Ask Rabbi Dan
by Rabbi Dan S. Wiko PhD
  Issue: 6.05
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Rosalind asks:

Does a Rabbi have to be present at the unveiling of a memorial stone, or can a family member say the appropriate prayers?

Thank you.

Dear Rosalind,

It is not necessary to have a rabbi at an unveiling. However, the prayers that are to be recited at an unveiling as well as the brief sermon or D'var Torah should be conducted by someone other than the mourners and, of course, by someone who is knowledgeable in both prayer and procedure.

Rabbi Dan

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