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March 17, 2013 3:42 pm

More Than 1,000 Bags of Jewish Ritual Items Litter New Jersey Road (VIDEO)

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Screen shot of trash bags filled with Jewish religious items in New Jersey. Photo: CBS 2 New York

A New Jersey rabbi’s attempt to bury more than 1,000 bags of religious items is causing quite a stir in New Jersey. Littered along a back road in Lakewood, the bags were initially buried there before Larry Simons, a Jewish resident from the area alerted authorities to the illegal burial.

“I have to obey the law, you have to obey the law— that’s what the law’s for,” Simons told Christine Sloan of CBS 2 New York.

The rabbi responsible wasn’t willing to comment but his daughter said that he was originally given permission by the township to carry out the religious ritual.

Watch a video of the CBS report below:

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  • It’s impossible to “litter” a New Jersey road. You can only, “enhance its splendor”.

  • jerry hersch

    The ritual buriel of religious items is a prescibed event.
    The items just as the human body are to go back from whence they came-to the earth.
    Normally they are wrapped/encased in material that will degrade as a natural course and hopefully so will the items themselves.Just as would a plain pine box coffin–(degradable pegs-no nails).
    The plastic bags are counter to this that this is against custom,the law,and the environment.

  • dale

    This guy Simons seems like a moiser

  • Lawrence Kulak

    This appears to be a reprehensible Chillul Hashem. First of all, you don’t convenience yourself at the expense of the environment. Plastic bags are not bio-degradable do you are defeating the entire purpose of Shaimos which is to return these articles to the earth. Whats the point in putting them in plastic bags and burying them? Its the same as leaving them above ground but keeping them out of sight like in a shed. that is the reason why they surfaced and are now sitting there. Rabbis need to learn some basics about ecology and science before doing such jackass things. You empty the contents of the bags in the landfill and hold on to the plastic. But today, in our sushi I-pod society where retail items are double packaged, we are becoming more and more helpless if not downright stupid. No offense, of course to anyone in particular.