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My Child Wants to Know What Purpose Does Death Serve

Question: My 6 year old asked, "Why does G-d make people die?" How do I answer her? Thanks, Cheryl D. Answer: Ask your child if s/he...

Lessons from our Newborn

There are certain moments in life that naturally nudge us toward a higher perspective. With deep gratitude to G-d, my wife and I were blessed, this past...

Do Jewish writings support the idea of an Afterlife?

The Short Answer: Talmudic and post Talmudic writings clearly mention the afterlife. The Torah makes no mention of it. (Why? And does the fact that...

Are there any references to reincarnation in the Bible or Talmud?

Reincarnation is part of an "afterlife", and the Bible does not speak clearly of an afterlife. See Why isn't the afterlife mentioned...

What is the Jewish view on Afterlife?

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,...

For whom does one say Yizkor?

Yizkor is only recited by someone whose parent(s) passed way. It is said for a parent and other close relatives such as a spouse, sibling,...

Can one say Yizkor at home?

Yizkor can be an extremely powerful experience in which generations and souls remain connected. This transcendent and sacred power is best...

May I still speak to my relative who passed away?

Question: When a family member dies, can I contact him/her through the grave? If so, by what means? Answer: It is indeed painful when a family...

Reincarnation

Question: How prevalent is the Jewish belief in reincarnation today?  How does it differ from the Asian belief?  What do the  Rabbis...

Yizkor

On Yom Kippur, as on Sukkot, Passover and Shavouth, Jews assemble for Yizkor services to shed a tear and say a prayer for departed family and...