What defines success in life (in a Jewish outlook)?


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Hm ...

Well, the Gemara Shabbos 31a says that a person will be given the following six-question test after they die; however, this all assumes the person was God-fearing:

אמר רבא: בשעה שמכניסין אדם לדין, אומרים לו: נשאת ונתת באמונה? קבעת עתים לתורה? עסקת בפו"ר? צפית לישועה? פלפלת בחכמה? הבנת דבר מתוך דבר? ואפ"ה אי יראת ה' היא אוצרו

  1. Did you do your business with integrity?
  2. Did you fix times for Torah-study?
  3. Were you involved in raising children?
  4. Did you look forward to the Redemption?
  5. Did you delve into wisdom?
  6. Were you able to apply one topic to another?

So I'd start with those (I know, I'm giving specifics and not generalities).

  • Way to find an authoritative answer to such a subjective-looking question! This would be even better if you'd point to the particular source.
    – Isaac Moses
    Commented Jun 10, 2010 at 3:29

Achieving greater closeness to G-d - one's own, and that of the wider world (all four of its kingdoms - human, animal, vegetable, and mineral) with which one interacts.


Success in life (from a Jewish outlook) is defined by growth.

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    @adammosheh, I don't see how your edit is valid unless you consulted with Jeremy first.
    – Seth J
    Commented Aug 6, 2012 at 16:43
  • This answer could be greatly improved by citing sources.
    – Lee
    Commented Jul 27, 2015 at 9:53

Success in life means after you die the honest Wikipedia page about you will read nicely.

I.e. you have a chelek in olam habah because you added to the meaningful goodness of the world in face of adversity.

People who do not have a chelek in olam habah spoilt their Wikipedia page, they did something more negative than they could compensate for and were unable thereafter to find a place in a meaningful world.

  • cute answer, but can you provide substantive sources for it? Commented Feb 9, 2016 at 2:14

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