Judaism: Battle of the Bodies

Cities all over Israel last week looked like the setting for a horror movie. In B'nai Brak, near Tel Aviv, 20,000 demonstrators in somber black coats and black hats paraded with banners proclaiming: "Don't cut us up." Posters inside synagogues in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa explained how to prevent hospital attendants from spiriting away the dead: "Stay beside the body every moment." Splashed in white paint across the road near Jerusalem's Hadassah Medical Center was the warning: "Barbaric autopsies must stop."

In a country that has made much of the benefits of...

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