I am looking for the name of the sefer that discusses the types of punishments given in Gehenom?

It's an old sefer and I can't remember the name.

  • The first Toldos Aaron rebbe, R’ Aron Roth in his sefer Shomer Emunim chelek 2, has about 30 pages on the topic. hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=35118&st=&pgnum=76
    – Chatzkel
    Commented Sep 22, 2022 at 1:28
  • I think Rav Saadya Gaon describes it in Emunos v'Deos.
    – N.T.
    Commented Sep 22, 2022 at 6:31
  • reishis chachma shaar yirah is the best
    – user813801
    Commented Sep 22, 2022 at 18:04
  • I think the גר"א discusses in אבן שלמה and his פירוש on משלי.
    – Eliyahu
    Commented Oct 23, 2022 at 20:17

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Collating answers from the comments in addition to my own:

  1. @Chatzkel suggests that the "The first Toldos Aaron rebbe, R’ Aron Roth in his sefer Shomer Emunim chelek 2, has about 30 pages on the topic."
  2. @N.T. suggests "Rav Saadya Gaon describes it in Emunos v'Deos." - המאמר התשיעי: בגמול ובעונש בעולם הבא
  3. מעשה דרבי יהושע בן לוי
  4. מסכת גיהינום
  5. גדולת משה
  6. כיצד דין הקבר
  7. Chapter 12 and 13 of the Gate of Awe in R. Eliyahu de Vidas' ראשית חכמה
  8. The Ramban addresses this topic in שער הגמול: העונש והגהנם
  9. The last מחברת of מחברות עמנואל is התופת והעדן which parallels Dante's Inferno (you can read more about it here).

Regarding this last suggestion @N.T. wishes to point out that R. Yosef Karo maintained that this work ought not be read (see SA:OH 307:12), however others such as the Ramhal praise it and its author and it is similarly cited by R. Yehudah Aryeh mi-Modena, R. Eliyahu Behor, and the Yashar mi-Kandia (for discussion see here). It is also worth pointing out that the liturgical poem Yigdal is likely an adaptation from this work (fourth chapter). As a question of personal practice, consult a competent halakhic authority.

  • I deleted the reference to Sefer Emmanuel because he just copied Dante. In fact, the Shulchan Aruch OC 307:12 forbids people to read that work at all, and says Emmanuel was someone who caused the public to sin. See TB Rosh Hashana 17a, for the severe implications of that statement.
    – N.T.
    Commented Sep 22, 2022 at 14:57
  • @N.T. I am rolling it back and editing to include a caveat. Commented Sep 22, 2022 at 15:54
  • Fair enough. Ramchal praised his poetic skills, not necessarily his views.
    – N.T.
    Commented Sep 23, 2022 at 6:48

You may be referring to Minchat Yehuda, by the great mekubal Yehuda Pitaya, which describes everything that happens to a Jewish soul after 120 years. It has also been published in English translation.

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    There are way too many sefarim to get through these days. Baruch Hashem
    – Rabbi Kaii
    Commented Mar 22, 2023 at 19:00
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    To have such problems is indeed a bracha :), @RabbiKaii Commented Mar 23, 2023 at 11:36

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