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Menachem Elon: The Sweet Revolutionary

The late Israeli Supreme Court judge Menachem Elon, was a pioneer of Jewish and Israeli law.

The late Deputy President of  the Israeli Supreme Court, Menachem Elon.

The late Deputy President of the Israeli Supreme Court, Menachem Elon.

It is a traditional Jewish wish to say to mourners that they should be “comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.” In fact, all of Zion and Jerusalem need comfort over the passing of Menachem Elon.

About the Author: Nathan Lewin is a Washington, D.C. lawyer who has argued numerous cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and teaches a seminar in Supreme Court litigation at Columbia Law School.


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