Sunday, 9 November 2014

Does Judaism Believe in Life after Death?

A reader recently asked:

"Does Judaism believe in a world after this one or in life after death?"

The answer is yes. The first place that we are aware of something taking place beyond this world is in the first moments we awaken and begin to open our eyes each day. Torah law commands Jews to recite a blessing upon awakening that thanks G-d for restoring their soul to them. If so, one can ask where did my soul go to that I should thank G-d for giving it back to me?

Here we have the first glimpse that our soul does not remain in our body for 24 hours of the day all  the days of our lives, but leaves our body at certain times and it is the kindness of G-d that our soul is returned to us each morning.

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