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Is it possible that Jews originally did not believe in afterlife?

by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman

  

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Every human culture we know of until very recent times has had a belief in an afterlife. In ancient Egypt, where the Jewish nation was born, this belief was central to every aspect of daily life. If the Jewish people were to dissent from the normative view, it would have to be stated in very strong terms, even stronger than the terms with which they dissented from idolatry and pantheism. In fact, there is not a trace of such dissent—quite the contrary.

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