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Attending the non Jewish parents funeral

Attending the non Jewish parents funeral

Question:
לכבוד מרן שליט׳א

Can an individual who is going through conversion or who has gone through conversion attend the funeral of their non Jewish parent which would be held in a church?

Many thanks.

Answer:

The main concern with entering a Church is due to creating an appearance as if you are entering to worship. Hence, when the circumstances are clear that you are entering for other purposes there is more room for leniency. If one could avoid entering the actual sanctuary and the actual religious service, they certainly should try to do so. Otherwise there is room for leniency when necessary. This leniency is only for one who has a genuine need to enter such as our case [a funeral of a parent]. One should never enter such places for tourism or enjoyment.

One who has not yet completed conversion may attend fully as he is not yet obligated in any commandments or prohibitions.

See Y:D 150

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