The rabbi's body was moved because he had been buried – 8 years ago – next to a woman, and because his neighbors in the burial plot were, while Orthodox, not religious enough. "[The people buried next to the rabbi] come from terrible licentiousness," another rabbi claimed.
Hasidic Family Steals Their Father’s Dead Body In Secret Middle-Of-The-Night Operation
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Eight years after being buried, the body of a hasidic rabbi was secretly taken from its grave in the Sanhedria cemetery in Jerusalem, Ha'aretz reported.
The rabbi, a member of a splinter offshoot of Breslov hasidim, was apparently dug up in the middle of the night by family members who transported it to the Mount of Olives and reburied it there.
The Sanhedria cemetery’s burial society was not warned about the move, and the rabbi’s empty grave was only noticed yesterday.
The rabbi’s family had reportedly demanded that the rabbi be moved to another burial plot because the people he was buried next to had not been religious enough and one of them was…a woman.
"There's no lack of crazies," one of the directors of the Sanhedria burial society told Ha’aretz as he stood near the empty grave.
The people buried on either side of the rabbi died before him, and he probably knew who they were. Even so, the rabbi bought the plot and did not object to its location or to his future neighbors.
Disinterring a body and moving it to another grave is almost never permitted under Jewish law. Even so, the family got the permission of leading haredi rabbis to do it, including haredi leader Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, who gave his permission just days before he was hospitalized six months ago.
A video clip posted on Behadrei Haredim shows Elyashiv responding telling some of the rabbis children that they are required to move their father's body from a place that constituted "contempt for the dead." The clip is dated just five days before Elyashiv was hospitalized.
On the video, another rabbi tells Elyashiv that after the rabbi was buried, his family "suddenly saw that next to him were buried people who may have been Sabbath observant, but certainly weren't careful about keeping the commandments. All the families come from terrible licentiousness."
The family also reportedly received permission to move the rabbi’s body from Rabbis Shmuel Halevi Wosner, Yitzhak Tuvia Weiss of Edah Haredit, and Eliezer Berland of Breslov.