Jewish Views of the Afterlife
The second edition of the classic Jewish Views of the Afterlife features new material on the practical implications of Jewish afterlife beliefs, including funeral, burial, shiva, and more. With an updated look at how views on life after death have changed in recent years, Simcha Paull Raphael guides the reader through 4,000 years of Jewish thought on the afterlife by investigating pertinent sacred texts produced in each era. Through a compilation of ideas found in the Bible, Apocrypha, rabbinic literature, medieval philosophy, medieval Midrash, Kabbalah, and Hasidism, the reader learns how Judaism conceived of the fate of the individual after death throughout Jewish history. While many affirm a belief in the afterlife, a scarce few are aware of where these teachings can be found in Jewish literature. Among the topics discussed in this fascinating volume are heaven and hell, Olam Ha-Ba (The World to Come), Gan Eden, resurrection of the dead, immortality of the soul, and divine judgment prior to death. Both historical and contemporary, this book provides a rich resource for scholars and lay people, for teachers and students, and makes an important Jewish contribution to the growing contemporary psychology of death and dying.
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FOREWORD by Zalman M SchachterShalomi
A PERSONAL JOURNEY
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Abraham According afterlife journey Angel of Death apocryphal belief bereaved biblical period burial chapter conceptions consciousness dead deceased deeds divine judgment doctrine Enoch enter eschatology experience ﬁnal ﬁnd ﬁre ﬁrst Gan Eden Gehenna Gehinnom Gersonides gilgul Godís Ha'Ba hasidic hasidim heaven heavenly Hebrew Hibbut Holy Blessed human Ibid immortality individual inﬂuence Isaiah Israel Israelite Jewish afterlife teachings Jewish renewal Jewish teachings Jewish tradition Jewish Views Jews Judaism Kabbalah kabbalistic Kaddish literature living Lower Gan Maimonides Metatron Midrash Mishnah Moses mourners mourning mystical Nahmanides nefesh neshamah notion Olam Ha-Ba oneís person philosophical physical body postmortem postmortem journey postmortem realm prayer Psalm Pseudepigrapha punishment puriﬁcation Rabbi Rebbe reﬂect reincarnation religious resurrection righteous ritual Saadia Saadia Gaon Sabbath Scholem Shabbat Shekhinah Sheol shivah sinners soul speciﬁc spiritual story Talmud Tibetan tion Torah trans Transit Stage Upper Gan vision wicked writings Yahrzeit YHVH Yizkor York Zohar