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  6/22/2014, Sivan 24, 5774

Jews Fighting Berlin Law to Delay Burial by 48 Hours


The Jewish community of Berlin, headed by Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal, is fighting a Berlin law that requires a 48-hour wait between a person's death and burial, even if it is a clear case of natural causes. The law is contrary to halacha (Jewish law), which requires burial as soon as possible, out of respect for the dead, except in extraordinary cases.

Rabbi Teichtal and other senior members of the Berlin Jewish community are promoting and amendment to the law to reduce the time to 24 hours in the case of death from natural causes. They have met with health officials and secured the support of the city's Muslim community for the amendment.