Pitching for Burial

This may seem like burial is a random topic to address right now.  Unfortunately morbidity has been on my mind for a number of reasons.  Really though, this is an article that I had promised not one, but two people on different occasions.  The first is a huge holy person whose life’s work has been to bury the dead.  The second is a friend of mine, indeed about as good a friend as one could make on Twitter, Joshua Paul.   It was due to our conversation, and his vocalization of his desire to begin his afterlife in a Chock Full O’Nuts coffee can, that I have decided to make the pitch for burial.

Judaism is clear that there is an afterlife, and this belief is Biblical while not heavily discussed*.   What that afterlife looks like is vague and is a lengthy discussion within the Rabbinic works.  One issue that is agreed upon is that there will be a bodily resurrection.  What exactly that means and what it will look like are the subject of serious analysis, but the point is that the body, even after the soul has left, still has relevance to a Jew’s afterlife.

Given this fact, the way we handle the body is important and is not just up to a person’s preference.  Yes, I am sensitive to the fact burial is much pricier than cremation.  The Rabbis were also sensitive to it, which is why there is massive fundraising for hevrei kadisha, the societies that take care of the dead.  Burial is an affirmative of the truth of Judaism, and even further, an affirmation that there is something beyond the physical world.

So what does that mean for the unaffiliated?  The irreligious?  Well, in a sense it’s a Pascal’s wager type of argument.   Either you will be using your body after you die or you won’t.  If I’m wrong, you neither gain nor lose by being buried because you’ll have no clue what will happen to you.  If I’m right, it certainly does make a difference, a big one.   And unlike other commandments, it takes one time, one opportunity to fulfill.

This is one of the few issues where I don’t see another side, except for the expense issue.  I don’t find it compelling given the fact that money is available for this cause.

*Lev. 19:31 and 1 Sam. 28

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7 Responses to Pitching for Burial

  1. Mr. Cohen says:

    Israel is being buried-alive under an avalanche of media bias and false accusations.

    These web sites can help refute those biases and false accusations:

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    HELP DEFEND ISRAEL FROM UNFAIR MEDIA:
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    http://www.camera.org

    http://www.DanielPipes.org

    http://www.FactsAndLogic.org

    http://www.HonestReporting.com

    http://www.memri.org

    http://www.memriTV.org

    http://www.MideastReporter.com

    http://www.MythsAndFacts.org

    http://www.TheIsraelProject.org

    http://www.BBCwatch.org

    http://www.jhrw.com

    http://www.PalWatch.org

    http://www.aish.com/jw/mo/4-Reasons-Why-the-Media-is-Biased-against-Israel.html

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    HELP SUE THE TERRORISTS:
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    http://www.IsraelLawCenter.org

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    HELP FIGHT ISRAEL-BASHING ON-CAMPUS:
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    http://www.CameraOnCampus.org

    http://www.DavidProject.org

    http://www.Israel-Academia-Monitor.com

    http://www.IsraCampus.org.il

    http://www.JewHatredOnCampus.org

    http://www.SSImovement.org

    http://www.TheIsraelGroup.org

    https://twitter.com/cmaccabees

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    HELP-ISRAEL ORGANIZATIONS TO JOIN:
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    http://www.afsi.org

    http://www.IronDomeAlliance.com

    http://www.IsraelBonds.com

    http://www.KeepJerusalem.org

    http://www.rza.org

    http://www.vfi-usa.org

    http://www.zoa.org

    http://5tjt.com/how-aipac-failed-us/

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    JEWISH VICTIMS OF ISLAMIC TERRORISTS:
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    http://www.Terror-Victims.org.il

    http://www.VictimsOfArabTerror.co [not com]

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    ARABS AND MUSLIMS WHO BECAME PRO-ISRAEL:
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    http://www.ActForAmerica.org

    http://www.ArabsForIsrael.com

    http://www.Shoebat.com

    http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/10/27/egyptian-activist-hangs-israeli-flag-calls-for-end-
    to-medias-dishonest-reporting-about-jewish-state/

    http://www.algemeiner.com/2015/11/15/muslim-israeli-arab-student-is-proud-zionist-politically-right-wing/

  2. Mr. Cohen says:

    http://www.aish.com/jw/mo/New-York-Times-Whitewashes-Palestinian-Terror.html

    PS: When will sleep-walking Jews finally wake up and STOP READING The New York Times?

  3. Mr. Cohen says:

    Duran Agba (a Muslim from Turkey in Miami) said:
    “…unfortunately, the only country in the Middle East that wants peace is Israel, and that is why I want to support them…”

    SOURCE:
    Muslim family hangs Israeli flag in their Miami store window by JTA 2015/10/27
    http://www.timesofisrael.com/muslim-family-hangs-israeli-flag-in-their-miami-store-window/

  4. Mr. Cohen says:

    “Israel, it ought to be recalled, is the only country in the world targeted for annihilation.

    That has been true from the day it was proclaimed as a state in 1948 until today [December 2015].

    It was true before Israel was forced to conquer East Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank.

    It was true after three Israeli prime ministers: Yitzchak Rabin, Ehud Barak, and Ehud Olmert, agreed to give up virtually all of Gaza and the West Bank to the Palestinians to set up a Palestinian state.

    It was [still] true after Israel have every inch of Gaza to the Palestinians.

    All of which proves that when Palestinian spokesmen say they want peace, they do not mean peace WITH Israel, they mean peace WITHOUT Israel.”

    SOURCE: Why I am in Israel and you should be by Dennis Prager, December 2015, Country Yossi magazine, December 2015, page 48

  5. Mr. Cohen says:

    “A renowned Saudi journalist (Abd Al-Rahman Al-Rashed) said that extremist Islam is like Nazism and the only way to eliminate it is to combat its ideology,”

    SOURCE:
    http://5tjt.com/saudi-journalist-extremist-islam-is-like-nazism/

  6. Mr. Cohen says:

    When the father of Amos Oz (a prize-winning Israeli author, born in 1939 CE) grew up in Europe, the walls were covered with graffiti that said:
    JEWS, GO BACK TO PALESTINE!

    So we came back to Palestine, and the world shouts at us:
    JEWS, GET OUT OF PALESTINE!

    SOURCE: Jew in the City, 2014 July 3

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