In what instances may a body be removed from its resting place and be interred elsewhere?

  • YD 363. [15cha]
    – Double AA
    Sep 9, 2014 at 17:53
  • Do you have some reason to think such cases exist? Do yuo have some reason to think there is any limitation on such cases?
    – Double AA
    Sep 9, 2014 at 17:54
  • If the only way you get around the system's not allowing questions which duplicate the title is by using synonyms, then I think you're doing it wrong.
    – Double AA
    Sep 9, 2014 at 17:56
  • There was a case of this in my community a few years ago, where a family wanted to move someone to be with the rest of the family. It was quite controversial. Sep 9, 2014 at 18:10
  • See mishna Sanhedrin 6, 6 about removing only after decomposition of the body. See S YD 363 about removing to Erets Israel or to familial property
    – kouty
    Apr 4, 2016 at 5:49

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Generally, a body may not be moved. However, see this article for details. Excerpted:

The Talmud Yerushalmi permits the removal of remains, even from a worthy to an unworthy place, that they may be buried with the ancestors of the deceased

In his code, Rabbi Joseph Karo adds other circumstances when exhumation may be permitted or is required:

A. It is a mitzvah for children to rebury a parent's body in Eretz Yisrael, even if the parent expressed objection during his lifetime to having his remains moved there.

B. When a burial site is unprotected from robbers or natural forces, it is permissible to remove bodies to locations that are not so compromised.

c. When a stipulation is made at the time of burial about the removal of the body at a later date.

D. When a body is buried in an available site, but without authorization from its owner, the body may he moved.

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    A is not accurate. The case of when parents state otherwise is only discussed in later authorities (see Pitchei Teshuva)
    – Double AA
    Sep 9, 2014 at 19:45

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