Religion: Grave Crisis

The burial place of the great Jewish philosopher Maimonides (1135-1205) was determined, so legend has it, when the camel that bore his bones from Cairo to Palestine refused to budge from a spot near the Sea of Galilee. In time, the modern city of Tiberias grew up around the old square stone that marked his grave. The burial ground became a grubby lot littered with shacks and privies.

To honor the "Rambam,"* Israel's Ministry of Religious Affairs last year decided to spruce up the tomb. Plans included a concrete roof and a fence. But...

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