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Can anyone direct me to a book or commentary on Jewish thoughts on what happens after death, and the evolution of those ideas. I understand that Judaism is centered on how to live life, but from I can read is somewhat obscure or absent in discussing an afterlife. My Christian friends often asked me, what do Jews believe in after death?

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marked as duplicate by Shokhet, Y ez, Shmuel Brin, Danny Schoemann, Gershon Gold Nov 2 '14 at 14:34

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Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/7805/… – Yishai Aug 1 '14 at 15:40
See here. This follows the Ramban. Note that this isn't the only Jewish view on the question. See here. – Yishai Aug 1 '14 at 15:44
see the book gesher hachaim – ray Aug 2 '14 at 19:03

You could try Journey to Heaven: Exploring Jewish Views of the Afterlife. It's on my to read list, but haven't gotten to it yet so your best bet is to read the amazon reviews.

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While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes. – Shmuel Brin Nov 2 '14 at 3:22
@ShmuelBrin Ordinarily, i'd agree, but this is a [product-recommendation], so the title plus a link is an answer. – Scimonster Nov 2 '14 at 7:27

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