On Sunday, 15 Elul, heads of ZAKA including Yehuda Meshi-Zahav met with HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky to discuss pertinent Shailos. Questions addressed preventing an autopsy as well as a cremation R”L, questions that ZAKA deals with far too often.
Rav Chaim was asked what should be done for a Jew who did not keep Shabbos or try to live a life in line with halacha, and in his will, the niftar requested to be cremated. Meshi-Zahav wished to hear from the Gadol how much does the organization have to fight to prevent such an occurrence?
Rav Kanievsky is quoted saying, “He deserves it” (“מגיע לו”) and ruled there is no need to battle with the state authorities in such a case, and he will be cremated.
The secretary of ZAKA’s Vaad Rabbonim, Rav Meir Akar asked regarding a “tinok shenishba”, whose children have become Shomer Shabbos, and wish to have him buried as a Jew and to be able to recite kaddish.
Rav Chaim responded that he must be brought to Kevura, “קבורת חמור”.
ZAKA Director-General Dovi Weinstein and the head of the organization’s legal department, Michal Gutwein and others were also present for the most important meeting.
The rav was then asked about a Jew who married a gentile woman and she wished for him to be cremated but his Jewish children object. “Should we fight tenaciously to prevent the cremation?” Rav Chaim responded dismissively “burn her” – “לשרוף אותה..”.
The rav gave them all a bracha for their holy work as well as a bracha for the upcoming new year.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)