Bomb Victim Refused Burial
Then Grisha Pesahovics body was turned away from cemetery after cemetery before finally being buried Sunday in a plot owned by the Bahai church.
The situation underscored questions about the inflexibility of religious doctrines governing the Jewish state and reflected problems facing many of the almost 800,000 immigrants who have arrived since 1990many of whom are only part Jewish.
It was an absurd, tragic spectacle that doesnt dignify the state of Israel, said Immigration Minister Yuli Edelstein, himself an immigrant from the former Soviet Union.
Pesahovic was refused burial because his maternal grandmother was not Jewish, which meant he and his mother, Olga, were non-Jews according to the branch of Orthodox Judaism that dictates Israels burials, marriages and divorces.
A Greek Orthodox burial ground offered to take his remains in a civil service. But at the service on Friday, a priest instead insisted on a religious funeral.
Mom: Ill Bury Him Myself
No, no Priest, wept Olga, according to Maariv. He
a Jew in the Land of Israel. My son Grisha was not a
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