now the mourning/accountability/healing must begin. how about starting with this one: "Despite circumstances of death, Rabbinate refuses to bury Prison Service cadet Tania Lansky in main plot, as her mother is not Jewish."-- http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3994736,00.html
18:12 , 12.05.10
Fire victim buried in non-Jewish plot
Despite circumstances of death, Rabbinate refuses to bury Prison Service cadet Tania Lansky in main plot, as her mother is not Jewish
Sad ending – Tania Lansky, 23, from Ashkelon was laid to rest on Sunday at the city's military cemetery.
Tania was on board the trapped bus that caught fire on Thursday while making its way to Damon Prison in order to help evacuate prisoners. She died along with 41 of her friends.
However, even in her death Tania had to struggle – The rabbinate refused to bury her in the cemetery's main plot, because her mom is not Jewish.
The mourning mother, who firmly objected to the Rabbinate's decision at first, finally conceded to bury her daughter in the non-Jewish plot after many discussions with officials and the intervention of Ashkelon Mayor Benny Vaknin.
Tania's sister, Vicky, eulogized her siebling: "My little sister, a huge heart, beautiful, amazing, Israel's hero. Our heart is torn longing for you. My daughter Liam, keeps asking why we are crying, where's Tania? How can I explain a three-year-old? I embrace your clothes, keep checking your phone, and wait for you to walk in through the door."
Lansky served at Nafha Prison as part of her mandatory service and was extremely appreciated and loved by her friends and commanders.
"From the very beginning, it was clear you had the determination and character of a commander," said Nafha Prison Commander Hezi Markovich. He added that Tania and her boyfriend Roman were planning to get married after she finished the cadets course.
Sergeant Gal and Sergeant Nofar, who served with Tania, eulogized their friend and spoke of her work ethics, noting she was a source of inspiration. "You enjoyed life, you always encouraged and supported us; showed us the light at the end of the tunnel," they said.
Tania was raised in Ashdod and moved to Ashkelon with her family two years ago. Ashkelon Mayor Benny Vaknin said the municipality "will embrace and help the family as mush as possible."
According to Vaknin, Tania was an outstanding student both in high school and at the Prison Service. "You did not ask any questions when you were asked to board that bus – you were one of the first people on it."
Rabbi Menachem Creditor
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