"For dust you are, and to dust you shall
This Biblical teaching is what guides us in
selecting a casket. The casket must not be made of a material
that slows down the body's natural return to the elements.
Metal caskets are, therefore, not permitted. Wood is the only
material allowed, and several holes are opened at the bottom to
hasten the body's return to the earth.
When vaults are required, they also should be
open at the bottom. Caskets remain closed because viewing the
body is seen as disrespectful and undignified, and is forbidden
according to Jewish Law.