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Old 04-19-2009, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Rural New Mexico
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Is it a Jewish tradition to give someone who's just lost a loved one a handkerchief? When my mother passed away, a Jewish lady sent me a sympathy letter with a lovely handkerchief enclosed.
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Old 04-19-2009, 04:35 PM
 
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No it is not a Jewish tradition. It is an old European tradition. It is like saying, "I'm not there with you, and I know you are crying. I have empathy. Here is a handkerchief we need to share." It's not Jewish--it's just empathetic.
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Old 04-20-2009, 11:13 AM
 
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No it is not a Jewish tradition. It is an old European tradition. It is like saying, "I'm not there with you, and I know you are crying. I have empathy. Here is a handkerchief we need to share." It's not Jewish--it's just empathetic.
What a lovely, comforting, thing to do.
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Old 04-20-2009, 11:15 AM
 
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That is kind of cool.
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Old 04-20-2009, 11:16 AM
 
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Yes! This is a common thing among many Eastern Europeans. Lovely sentiment!
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Old 04-20-2009, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Rural New Mexico
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Thank you for your responses! The lady who gave me the handkerchief was from Vienna. I was quite touched by the gesture.
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