Jewish views on cremation: Beliefs and changing trends

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The question of Jewish cremation has been considered for thousands of years. Guidance on this topic comes from the Torah and additional rabbinic writings from over the centuries. As with the interpretation of many customs, Jewish views on cremation can vary. In recent years, more Jews are choosing cremation than in the past.

Below, we’ll answer some common questions about Judaism and cremation and explain the changing trends that are taking place. 

This information has been reviewed by Jamie Sarche, director of pre-planning at a funeral home that has been serving the Jewish community and beyond for almost 90 years. 

 

Do Jews believe in cremation?

For millennia, it has been understood that