Rav Avigdor Miller on The Man Who Should Be Dumped on Long Island



Who should strive to be buried in Eretz Yisroel?


And the answer is anybody who strives to be buried in Eretz Yisroel is worthy of being buried there. If a Jew understands that, then even though he might have lived a wicked life, but since he would like his remains to be interred in Eretz Yisroel, that’s a form of atonement for him. וכיפר אדמתו עמו – “The earth will be an atonement for him” (D’varim 32:43).

Of course, it’s a pity, it’s a tragedy. If only he had come to Eretz Yisroel, even in his last days, and had lived there piously!  He would have walked the streets of Yerushalayim like a humble,  pious Jew, serving Hashem. That would have been a million times better than sending his unclean remains, the dead body,  to be metameh the land. But if it’s his wish to do that, then his wish is also a form of teshuva.

However, if a man dies a rasha – if he remained a rasha till his last day, and he didn’t desire it; just that his children want to send him to Eretz Yisroel, I don’t approve of that. No, I don’t approve of that at all. I think that they should just dump him some place on Long Island. Of course, in a Jewish cemetery. And that’s good enough for him. But to send his remains to Eretz Yisroel when he didn’t ask for it, I don’t know what the gedolim would say, but personally I don’t approve of it.

TAPE # 200 (January 1977)