Thursday, September 27, 2018

New "Space-Saving" Graves in Jerusalem

Today my husband and I attended the funeral of a dear friend in the Givat Shaul Har Menuchot Cemetery, Jerusalem. After the ceremony in the "eulogy hall," we were driven the winding way among fields of graves to her burial spot.

That's when things got interesting. She's in a new section, and that section doesn't have graves spread out on the hilly, stony Jerusalem hillside. Three levels of graves are stacked on the side of a mountain.

I had never seen such a thing before, thought I had heard that it's being done.

Israel is a small country, and many cemeteries are full and looking for ways to save space.

What do you think?


Mr. Cohen said...

Above-ground-burial is prohibited by
the laws of the Jewish faith [Halachah].

However, I do not know if this cemetery
is considered to be above-ground-burial
according to Halachah.

Maybe the fact that it is built into
the side of a mountain is good enough
to be considered below-ground-burial,
or maybe it is not. I do not know, I
leave this question to the Orthodox Rabbis.

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Batya said...

This is a very frum cemetery, and Kehilat Yerusahlayim was conducting the funeral.

Mėir Weiss/z said...


dear family, yes all of you

it is time for moshiach tzidkainu reveal

this instant

Batya said...

for sure