New York: Deceased buried on second day of Yom Tov

Under guidance of rabbis, deceased COVID-19 victims in NY haredi community brought for burial on second day of Yom Tov for Diaspora.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,


More than thirty people who belong to the large haredi community in New York passed away during the first day of Passover, according to Behadrei Haredim.

According to the report, under the guidance of the rabbis, and in order not to harm the dignity of the deceased, some of the funerals were carried out as early as Friday, on which Diaspora communities held the second day of Yom Tov.

Members of the Hevra Kadisha performed the funerals around the clock, some without the presence of deceased families, due to the unique situation created and to avoid having to bury the deceased in mass graves.

The deceased lived in almost all of the major haredi areas in and around New York, including Boro Park, Williamsburg and Crown Heights, as well as in Monsey and Lakewood, New Jersey.

It should be noted that according to halakha, funeral services are permitted on chag, but in recent years this permit has been mostly unrealized except in very exceptional cases.