I have three questions:

  • What is the basis for the Jewish belief in the World to Come?
  • What human traits does Judaism consider reflect the possession of an eternal soul?
  • What purpose(s) is/are served by the afterlife and the World to Come that cannot be served by this world in its present condition?
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    Do you have any reason to assume there is such a proof? Maybe Jews just believe it without proof but based on tradition.
    – Double AA
    Jan 7, 2013 at 4:56
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    And now it's very unclear again.
    – msh210
    Jan 7, 2013 at 5:21
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    @sabertabatabaeeyazdi There are 14 question marks in your post, making it difficult for anyone else to decide how to edit it. Maybe you should just edit it to say, "What is the basis for the Jewish belief in the world to come?" (Wouldn't be surprised if that's a duplicate, though).
    – Fred
    Jan 7, 2013 at 5:49
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    @sabertabatabaeeyazdi I edited your question. If the new edit does not reflect your intention, please edit it again.
    – Fred
    Jan 7, 2013 at 7:05
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    see the end of chapter 4 of shaar bitachon for why thetorah speaks only of reward/punishment in this world only.
    – ray
    Jun 17, 2013 at 6:52

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Here is a good place to start: http://www.jewswithquestions.com/index.php?/topic/660-source-for-reward-and-punishment-in-the-next-world/ I asked Rabbi Shapiro of Basewater what is the source in scripture or otherwise for the world to come.

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    What does it say? We're looking for answers rather than just links to answers; could you add a short summary at least? Thanks. Apr 23, 2015 at 0:46

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