Autopsies and Cremation

Autopsies/Mutilation — Autopsies are prohibited because it lends to the mutilation of the body. It is imperative that the body is well maintained. One of the reasons is because man was created in G_Ds image, and by mutilating the body, one is transgressing this. Moreover, as indicated by our holy torah, the resuscitation of the dead will eventually take place from the ground. In order to facilitate this process on behalf of a loved one, it is imperative that the body is fully intact, and in stellar condition.

Cremation – Our Holy torah does not believe in Cremation. Why? The human body was initially formed from elements of the earth, and so too, when there is a resurrection of dead, as indicated by our holy torah, the resuscitation will also take place from the ground. In order to facilitate this process on behalf of a loved one, it is imperative that the body is fully intact, and in stellar condition. As such, cremation or any other activity which would compromise the body is prohibited, as it would surely interfere with the recitation process.

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