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What is the Jewish view on Afterlife?

by Mrs. Yehudis Cohen

  

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Judaism believes in a soul which is distinct from the body. When the soul leaves the body it continues to experience life, albeit not life as we know it, but life as a soul knows it. It is a completely spiritual realm of existence and our physical yardsticks/definitions for reward or punishment don't apply to that reality. See Does Judaism believe in Heaven and Hell?

Ultimately, there is a second stage in the afterlife known as the Resurrection of Dead when the soul will return to its old body for the ultimate living experience. That will happen when Moshiach comes. Until that time the soul continues its refinement and ascends into more and more spiritual realms. This is what the Talmud means when it says, “The righteous have no rest--in this world and in the World to Come.” There is always room to grow in our service of G-d in this life, and ever more room to ascend in appreciation of G-dliness in the afterlife.

There is always room to grow in our service of G-d in this life, and ever more room to ascend in appreciation of G-dliness in the afterlife.
Some times a part of the soul must be reincarnated and sent back to live in this world in order to complete its mission. See What is the Jewish view on Reincarnation?

By the way, there is an excellent book about the soul, the afterlife, and the revival of the dead, called To Live and Live Again, by Rabbi N. Dovid Dubov.


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