Being Green’s Not New

March 26th, 2008


I applaud Ellen Hills's desire to protect a piece of beautiful land ("Green Graveyard," Classes, January/February). Her concept of a green graveyard, however, is hardly new. For centuries Jewish burial has consisted of wrapping the body in plain linen, with no embalming, and burying it in a simple wooden box. It is common in Jewish cemeteries for grave markers to be limited to incised stones laid flat in the ground.

Kim Meyers '71
Brookline, Mass.

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