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Jew who died in a Goyim site

Question:

A Jew who died in a city that has no Jewish cemetery, can he be buried in a Goyim cemetery? If yes, which halakha should he follow and how should he be buried in a goyim cemetery?

 

Answer:

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Tzitz Eliezer 16-36 who brings numerous sources for this, that it is forbidden for a Jew to be buried in a gentile cemetery. This is the way the Jewish people have always done things, not to bury Jews next to gentiles, to the degree that a person’s being buried in a Jewish cemetery served as proof to their being Jewish. We even find (Sanhedrin 46) that a rasha should not be buried next to a tzaddik, and even a person who is a rasha should not be buried next to a person who is an even bigger rasha. For example, a person who was killed via stoning, would not be buried next to a person who was killed via chocking, because the person killed with stoning is considered a bigger rasha in comparison to the person who was killed via chocking. The idea behind this is that there is a connection between the souls of people that are buried together. Therefore, it is important to bury Jews only among other Jews, eve it if will only be in a different city.

 

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