Friday, June 10, 2005

Once You Pop...

Bizarre story via Drudge, Synagogue Sued Over Missing Ashes, about a Houston synagogue that replaced the ashes of a congregant with a can of sour cream and onion potato chips. The switch was discovered when the dead woman's relatives went to her masoleum niche, only to find the chest with her ashes gone. They are now suing the synagogue and funeral home.

While this story is strange and sad, it is even more interesting because Judaism usually frowns on cremation and prefers to bury its dead. The reason is more complex then avoiding situations such as this, but this story provides an additional argument for traditional burial.

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