A Cautionary Tale
The headline says it all: “Court orders Orthodox woman to be cremated after three-month battle.”
Ethel Baar, who died on September 11, began following Orthodox Judaism late in life, and her great-nephew James Pollak said that she had wanted to be laid to rest in accordance with Orthodox tradition.
But in 1999 she also stated in her will that she wanted her body to be cremated, which is against halachah.
There isn’t much a secular court could do; even they follow the principle of Devarim Shebelev Aynam Devarim, “Words of the heart are as nothing.”
As found on “Yiddish Nayes.”