Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

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* TRADITIONS OLD AND NEW: The Monitor's Nicole Gaouette attended the funeral service yesterday of three of the 12 Israelis killed in Hebron Friday (this page). In addition to what she reported, Nicole says she got an unexpected lesson in old and new Jewish burial traditions.

Cremation isn't an option, and all burials must be in the earth itself. But land is scarce in Israel; the vast Givat Shaul cemetery is reaching capacity. Upon arrival, Nicole saw what looked like a three- or four-story parking garage jutting out from a hillside. It was, in fact, a multi-story cemetery.

"It echoed Japan's ingenuity in how to deal with a lack of space," says Nicole. Each floor of the concrete building had rows of rectangles filled with Israeli sand, thus fulfilling the need to be buried in the ground. "It was surrounded by pines and hills and was beautiful in the way that silence can be," she notes.

* CLUES IN THE PINS: The Monitor's Robert Marquand waited for almost an hour on Friday with many of his colleagues for China's next group of leaders to be unveiled to the public. …

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