Letter from a reader in Florida:
We went to one of the local Jewish cemeteries yesterday to look at purchasing some plots. (We have two of them locally. This is the nicer one and has been sold out for years — a buying opportunity has come up so we figured, why not go look.) Since my Judaism is questioned so often, I asked if I needed to give them proof of my conversion. The funeral director explained that I would have if this had been back in the 1940’s, but that now it’s not an issue. He went on to explain that they would even bury gentile spouses! And we are not just talking about an interfaith section – just generally! WHAT?! Really? Is this a strange thing that they do in Florida? Do you think they do it in New York? Other places? Isn’t there some sort of prohibition against this? I feel like a Jewish burial snob but I wonder what others would think.
Please weigh in in the comments!