Top rabbinic authority Elyashiv: Don't move Barzilai bones

By JPOST.COM STAFF
March 18, 2010 13:46

 
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Plans to build a rocket- and missile-proof new emergency room at Ashkelon’s Barzilai Medical Center were dealt a blow on Thursday when Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, the top rabbinic authority for the Lithuanian haredi community, told Deputy Health Minister Ya’acov Litzman not to be complicit in moving graves to make room for the construction.

Elyashiv told Litzman during a meeting at the former’s Mea She’arim home not to enable the NIS 90-million construction since it did not constitute saving lives.

According to associates of Elyashiv, he had ruled that “not only would allowing the construction cause severe damage from the point of view of Jewish law, but it would also change the image of Israel into a grave-moving country.”

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