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Why say someone 'passed away' instead of 'died'?

by Mrs. Dinka Kumer

  

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I was wondering why the term 'passed away' is often used, and not 'died'. This seems to skirt the issue of what is really happening. --Shaina M.

Answer:

In Judaism we avoid the word 'death' since the person's soul does not ever 'die'. Instead, it 'passes away' or 'passes on' to a different plane of reality, a spiritual realm.

'Death' suggests a final stage in a person's life cycle. However, Judaism says that not only does the soul continue after the body ceases to be alive, but that even the body will live once again during the era of the redemption when the resurrection of past generations will take place.


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