For thousands of years, Jewish law stood up for traditional burials into the ground as the only option. Today, however, many Jewish people are choosing cremation instead of a traditional burial. History has shown plenty of Judaism’s arguments against the cremation process. In ancient times, for example, Jewish people saw cremation as a pagan practice. Cremation, therefore, was associated with pagan beliefs and Jews wanted to separate themselves from that as much as possible. When it comes to those who live in Marlboro, NJ, a cremation service is definitely an option.
There are more Jewish cremation services today than ever before. Just like the rest of society, Jews are choosing cremation more and more. There are many reasons for this. In some larger, urban areas, Jewish cemeteries may not be owned by a synagogue. If they are privately owned by businesses, they may not necessarily abide by Jewish law. And if a person is cremated, most Jewish cemeteries will still allow their remains to be buried.
Plenty of those from Judaism choose cremation services for a variety of reasons. Cost and travel concerns are two such reasons. If families want their bodies to be returned to the place where they were born, where they grew up, or even to Israel after they pass on, the expense of transporting the body can be huge. However, transporting ashes is simple and easy in comparison. Others focus on the cost of the services as a whole. There are a lot more costs that go into a traditional burial than what goes into cremation services. If money is an issue or the deceased individual doesn’t want to leave their loved one with too many costs, they might choose cremation services as the best option.
While traditional burial used to be the only way to go, for many Jews today, the answer to the question of whether they will be cremated or buried is no longer as black and white as it was in the past. If you would like to look into the options further before you pre-plan a service for yourself or plan something for someone you love who has passed on, contact the professionals at Mount Sinai Memorial Chapels. We are here to give every Jewish family the dignified, Jewish funeral they deserve at a cost they can afford. Call us at (800) 395-9199 or (732) 390-9199 and we will give you a service you can trust. Our goal is to make sure you understand every aspect of the process before you commit to any one direction. We want you to get the traditional or cremation service you desire and we promise you will be able to show your family member the respect they deserve. We treat you and your loved one with nothing but the utmost respect all the way through the process. Come see our funeral home at 454 Cranbury Road (at Evergreen Blvd.) East Brunswick, NJ 08816. We’re here to help you through a difficult time.