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Aron/The Casket

"For dust you are, and to dust you shall return."

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.

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