Thursday, July 11, 2013

Exhuming to unite a family


One is justified in exhuming a body in order to unite the bodies of parents with their children. Exhuming for other relatives does not seem to be justified. However, a minority opinion does permit exhuming to unite families in general; this may be relied upon in cases of great need, but specifically where enough time has passed that the body's flesh will have decayed.

(Rav Moshe Feinstein, Igrot Moshe Yoreh Deah 1:236; for related issues, see 1:237-238)

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