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When people return with the resurrection of the dead, will they appear the same as when they died?

by Rabbi Zalman Abraham

  

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From the words of our sages it is apparent that people will return in the resurrection with the same appearance and age as when they departed. Following which, any weakness, illness or handicap will be miraculously healed.

 Midrash Rabbah:1
“as a man departs [this life] so will he return resurrected. If he departs blind, he will return blind; if he departs deaf, he will return deaf; if he departs dumb, he will return dumb; if he departs lame, he will return lame. As he departs clothed, so will he return clothed, as it says, ‘It is changed as clay under the seal; and they stand as [in] a garment’.”2

 Zohar:3
“For at the time when Israel will rise up from the dust, many lame and many blind will be among them, and so the Holy One will cause to shine upon them that sun with healing in its wings, by which they will be healed.”
   

Footnotes

  • 1. Genesis 95:1.
  • 2. Job 38:14.
  • 3. Genesis, Volume 1, Page 203b.

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Zohar
The most basic work of Jewish mysticism. Authored by Rabbi Shimeon bar Yochai in the 2nd century.
Midrash
(Pl. Midrashim). Non-legal material of anecdotal or allegorical nature, designed either to clarify historical material, or to teach a moral point. The Midrashim were compiled by the sages who authored the Mishna and Talmud (200 BCE-500 CE).