By Samuel D. Gruber
(ISJM) Dominque Tomasov Blinder and David Stoleru of the
This past week, Atra Kadishah (
Blinder and Stoleru visited the site to meet with the archaeologist in charge and with the Director of Landmarks of the region of Castille-La Mancha, to explain the significance of cemeteries in Judaism and that Jewish grave – no matter when they are from – are considered inviolate except in extreme circumstances. ZACHOR’s intention is to find a solution for the site with respect for its meaning and to avoid irreversible damage. To my mind the only solution in such a case must be to halt new excavation in any area that can be confirmed to hold graves. It is possible that some surface construction can be allowed that would ultimately protect the graves.
According to Blinder, “
"This cemetery definitely transcends the city of
It should be noted that
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