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A question for our Jewish Freeper friends
A question from someone who wonders..

Posted on 09/22/2004 8:11:03 AM PDT by Armedanddangerous

I have a question for our Jewish friends regarding procedure after homicide bombings.


TOPICS: Judaism; Religion & Culture; Theology
KEYWORDS: suicidebombings
I understand it is very important in Jewish law for what I assume to be Rabbis to head immediately to the site of any attack to make sure all body parts are collected and buried. Here is the question my father asked me this AM regarding the practice.

What if, and I imagine this has to have happened by now, parts of the homicide bomber are picked up under the assumption that they were victims? Would this be a problem in a religious sense?

I mean no disrespect, but was just wondering. I know it has to have come up before now.

1 posted on 09/22/2004 8:11:04 AM PDT by Armedanddangerous
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To: Armedanddangerous

What parts are picked up? All of them. Perhaps you should clarify your question.


2 posted on 09/22/2004 8:13:59 AM PDT by theDentist ("John Kerry changes positions more often than a Nevada prostitute.")
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To: theDentist

Well..

I was trying not to be indelicate. I just remember hearing a report on the news that said that during these bombings, Rabbis were on scene to pick up all body parts that might be found on the scene. This included hair, blood, and well... fingers and things..


3 posted on 09/22/2004 8:22:57 AM PDT by Armedanddangerous (The first rule of gunfighting is to have a gun...more than one, if possible..)
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To: Armedanddangerous

Only "major limbs" are required for burial.


4 posted on 09/22/2004 8:35:43 AM PDT by sf4dubya (I rebelled against my parents by becoming a conservative)
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To: Armedanddangerous

I realize that. Despite these scumsuckers killing themselves, I think it would be morally wrong to leave his identifiable parts on the streets until after the true victims have been removed. Maybe yes, for investigative purposes, but eventually the remains would be carted off. And I think the Rabbis would still treat the remains with some sort of respect. They should put some bacon in when the bugger is shipped back to Mom and Dad though (IMO).


5 posted on 09/22/2004 8:54:41 AM PDT by theDentist ("John Kerry changes positions more often than a Nevada prostitute.")
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To: theDentist

One of the gratest mitsvas (good deeds) in the Jewish religion is caring for the dead. This is because it is on of the only times when you can help someone and truly know that they will never be able to help you back.

I don't know if there is any issue regarding touching parts of the homicide terrorists.


6 posted on 10/14/2004 5:28:43 PM PDT by jperspective (KevinE)
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To: Armedanddangerous

see

http://www.aish.com/jewishissues/israeldiary/ZAKA_Always_There_When_Terror_Strikes.asp

...ZAKA, which was founded in 1995, is an acronym for Zihui Korbanot Ason, Hebrew for Identification of Disaster Victims. Its volunteers, who are easily identifiable by their bright yellow vests, are often the first rescue workers to appear at the scene of a terrorist bombing or shooting -- and the last to leave.

ZAKA volunteers are the ones who search the area for severed body parts of survivors so that the limbs can be rushed to the hospitals for reattachment. They are also the ones who stay at the scene after the police and the ambulances have left, patiently scraping all the remaining bits of flesh and blood off the sidewalks and buildings so that the dead can be buried in full accordance with Jewish tradition...


7 posted on 10/14/2004 6:11:57 PM PDT by hlmencken3
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