CCAR RESPONSA

American Reform Responsa

105. Employment of non-Jews in a Jewish Cemetery

(Vol. XXVII, 1917, p. 89)

For digging the grave or doing other mechanical work preparatory to the burial, non-Jews may be, and always have been, employed. Only such services as are performed directly for the dead during the burial are obligatory to his fellow-Jews.

K. Kohler and Jacob Z. Lauterbach

NOTE:

References are: Beitsa 61a; Yad, Hil. Yom Tov 1.23; Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim 626.1.

Responsa Committee (1980)

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