January 20, 2005

Too Upsetting

On January 17th, early in the morning, I recieved an e-mail announcing that the Rav of a Yishuv in my area had died. This was a wonderful human being, who, even while suffering from a devestating illness, continued to care and concern himself with those in his Yishuv.

I attended the funeral on the same day (as in accordance with Jewish law people are buried within 24hrs). Tears flowed freely from those about me, the place was so full of those who came to honor the memory of this extraordinary human being that I and many others congregated outside. Men, women and children attended each wrapped up in the grief of the moment.

Today seeral trees were planted in his honor on his Yishuv. Then I come home to read this article from Arutz Sheva.

Needless to say I'm quite upset. This was land set aside for a cemetary. How dare someone try and prevent the funeral from going on? I am outraged, I am truly outraged.

I can attest to the fact that the area in question is, aside from the Yishuv, free of other houses. The burial spot was right near the entrance of the Yishuv. No houses, no buildings, no gardens, orchards or anything else...empty for quite a distance.

I can't tell you how angry I am feeling right now.

Posted by Rachel Ann at January 20, 2005 04:31 PM

That's awful.

And my condolences on your loss.

Posted by: Ith at January 20, 2005 07:35 PM

I only found out yesterday from the arutz 7 article. My elder son http://me-ander.blogspot.com/2005/01/what-happened-was-better-than-what-was.html is a friend of one of his and used to tell me how they communicated. Amazing.

Posted by: muse at January 21, 2005 03:08 AM
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