According to a report appearing in the weekly BaKehilla, a chareidi woman appeared before Maran Hagon Rav Chaim Kanievsky this week, explaining her not observant father just passed away and in his will he requested that the children turn his corpse over to a firm for cremation. She wanted to know if she is compelled or permitted to adhere to his wishes.
R’ Kanievsky surprised the woman by telling her “you can burn his body as requested in the will”.
After the woman left one of the aides to R’ Kanievsky asked for an explanation, receiving the following response. “A person who asked to be cremated after his neshama leaves his body is a non-jew”.
“But the woman is chareidi!”
“Yes indeed. It appears her mother was Jewish but the father was a non-jew and therefore, there is nothing preventing them from adhering to his wishes”.
NOTE: As stated in the opening of this article, this was reported by the weekly BaKehilla newspaper, and translated by YWN.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)