Please bear with me on this, I'm very serious about what I'm seeking an answer to and I see that this board treats people with Derech Eretz. So I hope that even if no answer is available, I wont be ridiculed for asking either.

"Hamechadesh bechol yom tamid ma'aseh breishit"

  1. Hashem created the world thru Dibur and sustains it constantly with Dibur. You cant ask how on such a thing.
  2. A person Has Veshalom passes away. His Neshama ascends to Hashem and all we have left is the physical body which we honor with Rechitza and sewn into a Tachrich/Shroud and Kevura/Burial.

Why would Hashem keep willing Ken Yihi Retzono, that the Neshamas former habitation, now an empty Guf/body to remain still for us to bury

Yes we are left with the body and even after the flesh of the body disintegrates and returns to the earth, the bones are still there and as we know from fossils, could be there underground indefinitely.

So on the one hand Hashem sustains creation, and that means even to the tiniest grain of sand every day, yet I would think that since Body and Soul are Gashmiut and Ruchniut working together as it were, that they would both be gone at time of death and not just the Neshamah.

"Ben Bag-Bag used to say: Turn it and turn it again, for everything is in it. Pore over it, and wax gray and old over it. Stir not from it for you can have no better rule than it Ethics of Our Fathers 5:26

Believe me I have turned this idea over and over again in my mind. I think it started when my beloved parents died, and I had to go each time and Identify them at the Chevra Kadisha before the coffin was closed and the Hesped and Levaya would commence. I would have done anything not to have to see them before the closing of the Aron as one must verify that the person being honored is the actual person in the Aron. Hashem takes the Neshama, yet we must view the corporeal half of our loved ones one last time. It does not make sense.

The Neshama and Guf are a unit, why does one remain when other goes? Surely he has ceased to will this person thru Dibur to remain on earth alive. For me it was Tzar Baalei Chaim of untold magnitude.

I know some things are nistar, but surely if a simple Jew like me asks this question, surely it must have bothered one of the greats among our Chachamim also. Does Chazal of yesterday or today tackle what I would call a very philosophical point imho.

Kol HaKavod, and thank you in advance for anything you can offer.

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    Welcome to Mi Yodeya, Ben! Thank you for sharing your question!
    – mevaqesh
    Nov 12, 2017 at 3:29
  • I too hope that you and others be treated with derekh erets, and not ridicule. Tragically, sometimes such sentiments are expressed here. If you face it, try not to let it get to you.
    – mevaqesh
    Nov 12, 2017 at 3:29
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    Note that causing the body to disappear would violate the laws of nature. Although there are many violations of physics that we might imagine would be appealing for one reason or another, God chooses to not violate them.
    – mevaqesh
    Nov 12, 2017 at 3:40
  • Could one imagine that Hashem prefers to keep traces of the body so *te'hiyat hameitim" can happen in a less miraculous way? think of scientists aiming to recreate long-lost animals through traces of their DNA
    – mbloch
    Nov 12, 2017 at 4:04
  • @mbloch if He's not that worried with performing burial in a natural way, it's hard to see why He'd be hesitant to do techiyat hametim in a miraculous manner
    – Double AA
    Nov 12, 2017 at 4:24


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