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Interesting Psak: Funeral in Handcuffs

By Gldmeier @gldmeier
An interesting question was posed to Rav Yitzchak Zilbershtein, rav of Ramat Elchonon neighborhood of Bnei Braq, and to his brother in law Rav Chaim Kanievsky.
A fellow died of Corona. A tremendous talmid chacham. One of the children of the deceased is someone who went "off the derech" and ended up in jail.
Boychik requested permission to attend his father's funeral. Permission was granted, though the prisoner would only be able to attend in cuffs accompanied by two policemen.
The question posed was if the son should be allowed to attend under these conditions - having him there in handcuffs and accompanied by policemen would be a very strange sight in this community and would draw attention to him. Perhaps this would not be respectful to the memory of the deceased but would be shameful, or maybe he should be allowed to pay his last respects to his father at the funeral?
Rav Zilbershtein paskened that him being at the funeral would bring shame to himself, as he would know everyone is looking at the unusual situation, and this alone would serve to bringing a kapara. Rav Zilbershtein said he proposed this to Rav Chaim Kanievsky who agreed and paskened similarly.source: Hamechadesh
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