Not Religious Enough

Maybe this is what happened to Jesus’ body. Apparently the remains of an ultra-orthodox rabbi from the Bratzlaver sect in Jerusalem were moved because “the neighbors” weren’t religious enough. Not just an isolated act, it was allegedly condoned by the highest rabbinic authority just before his hospitalization, the recently deceased Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, an important ultra-orthodox legal decisor (posek ha’dor). You can’t make this stuff up, but you can read about it in Haaretz. I don’t know why they didn’t translate this into English.

(I like these urban graveyards in Israel. Barbara Mann in her book on Tel Aviv writes about most famous the center of the city,  which hosts all the old Zionist luminaries.)

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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  1. Marta Braiterman Tanenbaum says:

    For a silly/fun romp, see the novel “The Frozen Rabbi” – Orthodox European rabbi escapes pogrom hidden in a butcher’s freezer-chest which travels to America. A century later, he thaws back to life in the suburban basement of a punky Jewish teenager in Tuscon. Teen hides him from the secular family, knowing how they feel about The Orthodox. Rabbi discovers TV envangelism, then opens his own mall outlet to preach and raise funds. Boychik figures out why he’s Jewish. Lots of fun; Not a great novel, but this story reminded me.

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