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I once heard/read a parable about two babies in their mother's womb. It goes something like this.

Two twins in the womb are speaking of the world to come, one believes it exists, the other not. Suddenly a hole appears with light, one of the babies is sucked outside, the other hears agitation, shouting, cries and thinks "I was right, it is over".

For the baby that came out, a new world opens up. Whatever "worked" in the womb is suddenly completely different: he breathes differently, eats differently, moves differently but of course the "new world" is much more interesting.

This is of course a parable for the world to come, which will be much more interesting while being completely different.

Does anyone know the source of this parable? I thought it was from the Rambam or Ramban but never found it. Someone told me the Gesher HaChaim (vol. 2, p. 171) mentions it without source. Someone else suggested it might be from the Ramchal.

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    There's also a song from the band Journeys about this (I would guess Conversation In The Womb from Volume 1). – Salmononius2 May 26 at 15:14
  • Dr Wayne Dyer in his book "your sacred self" also has a similar parable. You can read it here ,click on "look inside" and you will see the parable amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0015KGWZQ?ref=aw_sitb_digital-text – sam May 26 at 15:31
  • What makes you think the Gesher HaChaim didn't come up with it himself? – robev May 26 at 17:19
  • @robev it is possible. I just think I saw it elsewhere in the name of a rishon. And someone I respect highly told me it was the Ramchal. I thought it was worth investigating and the talmidei chachamin from MY are often good at this – mbloch May 26 at 17:30
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    It is a surprising parable. When we speak about tweens and future world. Immediately Yaaqov and esav come in mind – kouty May 26 at 20:15

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