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Is cremation allowed in Judaism?

Whether cremation is allowed in Judaism depends on the degree of orthodoxy of the deceased. For orthodox Jews, cremation is not acceptable and the body should be buried, intact, in the ground. While cremation is opposed by conservative Jews, a conservative rabbi may still perform a funeral for a person who has been cremated. However, in most conservative communities, the rabbi will not be present for the interment of the ashes. For reform Jews, however, cremation is becoming an increasingly common practice, and most reform rabbis will willingly perform a funeral and interment for someone who has been cremated.

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