Let's talk caves and graves.
Jameel and I were discussing the grave issue, hopefully for the last time, so we can say some last words, and finally put it to rest.
One good reason for not wanting to move graves in Israel is because the rest of the world will look on at us, and use that as a precedent for moving/destroying their own Jewish cemeteries.
Permitted or not permitted is not really the issue in this case.
Do we really want Europe wiping out the last vestiges and memories of European Jewish history to build an apartment complex? Something a number of European contractors would love to do (build apartment complexes, I mean).
Of course not. There are cemeteries there that go back hundreds, if not thousands of years. It’s our history.
But there is a solution.
Imagine if the State of Israel could offer a service to all these European nations.
“You’ve got prime real estate in Poland you can’t develop because there are Jewish graves there? Not a problem at all.”
The State of Israel can offer cemetery relocation services to these European countries.
Each cemetery would be carefully dismantled, the graved honorably disinterred in accordance with Jewish law and the bodies and gravestones would be airlifted back to Israel, for a Jewish reburial in Israel.
No rabbi would deny that moving a grave to Israel is fully permitted.
A section of the Negev could be designated as the "New Europe Cemetery".
Each cemetery and grave would be laid out exactly as it was in Europe.
And Israel would charge for this service, and the builders would be happy to pay to gain access to the land without any political/religious fallout. And there would no longer be risk or threats of the destruction of Jewish graves.
In fact, Israel could even demand that foreign governments hire their services for high-risk cemeteries that get repeatedly attacked in anti-Semitic acts.
And in Israel the benefits would be threefold. First, the profit was the relocations services could be tremendous. Second, imagine having all that genealogical research information available in on spot. And most importantly, tourism.
Anyone who’s gone touring in Israel can appreciate the phrase “Caves and Graves” - because that is what most tours seem to be.
Now imagine having the draw of the largest Jewish cemetery in the world made up of some of the oldest graves from Europe!
Now that would be some tourist attraction.
Israel and the Jews could only benefit from this.
The only city we can think of that would not want this to happen is Uman. They would lose all their Breslev traffic.
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