Jewish sacred objects destroyed by Sandy to be buried

(JTA) – An upstate New York organization was granted the burial rights for the Jewish books and other sacred objects damaged by superstorm Sandy.

Beth Geniza Olam in Monroe will dispose of the the religious articles recovered during the cleanup from Sandy according to Jewish law, or halachah, Matzav.com reported, citing state Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn). Beth Geniza Olam was given the rights by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Six tractor trailers will be available to collect the objects, called shaimos, and bury them in upstate New York.

Jewish books and holy objects that cannot be destroyed by putting them in the trash must be buried, according to Jewish law.

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