Senior Rabbi Implores Family Not to Cremate Rona Ramon, Widow of First Israeli Astronaut

Ramon, who lost husband Ilan in the Columbia Space Shuttle disaster, asked to be cremated to spare her family another funeral ■ Rabbi tells family that when someone requests not to be buried 'they are not listened to'

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The chief rabbi of Be’er Sheva, Rabbi Yehuda Dery, asked the family of Rona Ramon to reconsider their decision to cremate her.