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Scattering ashes in Israel, the Holy Land

I come across a significant number of stories about The Jewish people and cremation mainly they centre on a strong dislike of cremation practices.

However this strongly held view which I believed was universal appears not to be these for all doctrines or beliefs in Judaism. A Jewish Company Aley Shalechet based in Israel is promoting cremation within the State. After conducting a survey they found support for this type of service in Israel and are moving forward with the project of setting up the first Hebrew crematorium.

They also offer an ash scattering service if your last wishes are to have your ashes scattered in the Holy Land. For more details visit their website Aleyshalechet.co.il

They state ‘Cremation itself is not in opposition to Judaism, and according to one of the heads of the Rabbinical Court, it was even the accepted practice at the time of the kings. Outside of Israel, the choice of cremation is common and accepted (even among Jews), and with the passage of time, the percent of people making this choice of leave-taking is increasing.

It should be pointed out that Orthodox Jews do not choose this method, while Reform and Conservative Jews do accept the practice.’

What is more to support there position they have provided a number of biblical quotes:

SAMUEL I, 31, 12:

“All the valiant men arose, and went all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Bet- Shan, and they came to Yavesh, and burnt them there.”

CHRONICLES II, 21, 19:

“… and he died of sore diseases, and his people made no burning for him, like the burning of his fathers.”

CHRONICLES II, 16, 14:

“And they buried him in his own sepulchers, which he had hewn out for himself in the City of David, and laid him on the bed which was filled with sweet odours and divers kinds of spices prepared by the perfumers’ art; and they made a very great burning for him.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 thoughts on “Scattering ashes in Israel, the Holy Land

  1. Reply
    Brandon Radcliffe - 19th February 2022

    Hello there my name is Brandon and I would love to find out how I go about getting some of my older brothers ashes scattered around the holy lands preferably Jerusalem Please any response would be great with detailed info on how I can achieve this!!! Thank you

    1. Reply
      Richard Martin - 21st February 2022

      Hi Brandon
      There is a link on the page for the service that may be able to help.

      Kind regards
      Richard

  2. Reply
    Jacqueline Majka - 12th January 2021

    Scattering ashes in Israel – can this be done? What is the process?

    1. Reply
      Richard Martin - 12th January 2021

      There is a weblink on the page, if you follow that you will see the company that can help you.

      Kind regards
      Richard

  3. Reply
    Linda cirillo - 30th June 2020

    When times comes, I wish my ashes to be spread in a
    Isreal. What areas is this allowed and the cost please.

    1. Reply
      Richard Martin - 1st July 2020

      Dear Linda

      Simply fill in the form on the page and the company will clarify this.

      Kind regards
      Richard

    2. Reply
      Grace Mahlangu - 18th October 2020

      I would love to scatter my son’s Ash in Israel the cost please

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