So I just saw this on Facebook [warning: some links at the bottom of the page contain imagery which is not tzanua]

In short, this mentions a concept in which the body of the deceased is put into a pod which is then attached to the roots of a sapling. The nutrients from the remains feed the tree.

Now I'm sure that this would invoke issues of ohel, but otherwise, is this idea problematic?

  • How is this distinct from just planting a tree on top a grave? Commented Apr 8, 2015 at 4:58
  • @IsaacKotlicky, have you looked at the article? It certainly interferes with minhag, but I'm not sure of where it stands halachically. Commented Apr 8, 2015 at 20:37
  • I read the article and fail to see the problem. Only in Israel is there a custom to bury someone sans casket. Otherwise, I fail to see how it interferes with minhag as you insist it does. What minhag precludes this? Commented Apr 8, 2015 at 20:40
  • The link you provided either does not work anymore or is the wrong link.
    – ezra
    Commented Mar 17, 2017 at 20:02


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