The traditional practice is to be buried in a Jewish Cemetary exclusive to Jews. Such as Har Hamenuchos and Har Hazeisim.

Is it an obligation to be buried specifically in a Jewish Cemetary or could one choose to be buried in their back yard?

Assuming all other aspects of Jewish burial is adhered to is this permitted?

  • The gerrer rebbe was buried in 48 in the yeshiva grounds and has not yet been moved from there.
    – cham
    Jun 1, 2015 at 14:24
  • Good morning! Is that written anywhere? He is buried in geulah? Jun 1, 2015 at 14:25
  • you're right: "Avraham Mordechai Alter" on @Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avraham_Mordechai_Alter?wprov=sfti1 Jun 1, 2015 at 14:39
  • What do you mean by "obligation"? Are you asking if the dying person should see to it that he won't be buried in a non-Jewish cemetery upon dying? Or that people shouldn't bury a Jew with non-Jews? (If the second option, see Gitin 61a with Rashi and Ran there, plus Y.D. 367:1 and 151:4) Jun 2, 2015 at 6:38
  • To see to it to be buried along with other Jews Jun 2, 2015 at 6:39

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While the traditional custom is worth a lot, I'm not aware of any outright prohibition. There are practical concerns, e.g. keeping Kohanim out of the back yard.

Rabbi Moshe Feinstein writes that we have "Jewish" cemeteries because we try not to bury a non-Jew next to a Jew. (Therefore, if a Jewish family insists on burying a non-Jewish spouse in the Jewish cemetery, if they can put a fence between them or good margins of a few yards, the rabbi is not obligated to "go to war against it" and lose his job.)

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    Where can I find this Rav Moshe Jun 1, 2015 at 16:25
  • There is also a very important RMF about burying men next to women which is not kept today. @Mefaresh
    – cham
    Jun 1, 2015 at 20:09
  • See my comment to the question; it appears to me that the Ran (to Gitin 64a) assumed that it is forbidden to bury Jews and non-Jews near each other Jun 2, 2015 at 6:44
  • mes mitsva kone m'komo. That sounds that he is buried alone.
    – cham
    Jun 3, 2015 at 14:17

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