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One may not do violence to the human form even when the breath of life has expired; for man was created in the image of G-d, and in death his body still retains the unity of that image...
Rabbi Steinsaltz discusses the status of the human body after death as a source of defilement rather than holiness. He suggests that any abuse of a dead body is contrary to the Jewish principle of "Honoring Creatures" (Kavod HaBriyot) because it is equiva...
The appropriate procedure in tending to the dead and bringing them to their final resting in Jewish law.
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