Re: Kohen Hands on Woman's grave stone #usa
Since my two previous responses were not posted in the order they were sent, and seemed to have been somewhat misunderstood, I'll try to clarify:
We have a case of a widow buried in a Jewish cemetery.
So I imagined a story:
Was Mr. Dawson Jewish? If not, was she perhaps disinherited by her parents? Some strictly religious parents even sit Shiva on a descendant who marries outside the faith.Is the stone the brothers' way of stating "she does too belong to our family!"?Let me emphasize: my imagined story and my post about it came first and had nothing at all to do with cremation.
After that I noticed that the husband was buried in a cemetery with a chapel and a crematorium which - I thought -- supports the probability of the story I imagined.
Of course there are Jews who eat bacon, have their bodies cremated, eat bread on Passover, do not fast on Yom Kippur, don't keep the Sabbath, etc. etc. that is not the issue I was thinking of. I did not say - or think - "he was not Jewish because he was cremated".
If anyone has detailed info about Jewish cemeteries with crematoria, and when these cemeteries were established, I would be very interested in it - you can reply in private. I did not mean, and do not mean to get into a discussion of who is or is not Jewish.