How does Judaism view Near Death experiences? do we believe they are a figment of the imagination, or do we accept them? and if we do accept them, how do we believe stories of people who claim that Yushka came to them?

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    Why does accepting a Near Death experience as legitimate necessitate all of the claimed ones 1) happening and 2) being reported correctly? Especially on #2, they could super-impose Avodah Zorah on any experience. In fact, that happened to one of the Chachamim that went into the Pardes, and he wasn't predisposed. – Yishai Jun 13 '14 at 15:53
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    What is a Near Death experience? – Double AA Jun 13 '14 at 16:48
  • @Yishai i like your rayah from pardes +1 on your comment – Shoel U'Meishiv Jun 14 '14 at 18:25
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    I heard on a tape of Rabbi Avigdor Miller that they are nonsense – ray Jun 15 '14 at 12:44
  • How does Judaism view Near Death experiences? do we believe they are a figment of the imagination Your first sentence asks about Judaism, your second about Jews. – mevaqesh Aug 10 '16 at 2:33

There are a number of places where near death experience are described in the Talmud.

Here are 2, but there are more similar cases:

מסכת בבא בתרא דף י' א

Joseph the son of R. Joshua. He had been ill and fell in a trance. [After he recovered], his father said to him: ‘What vision did you have?’ He replied, ‘I saw a world upside down, the upper below and the lower above.’8 He said to him: ‘You saw a well regulated world.’ [He asked further]:...

ברכות כ"ח ב

When Rabban Johanan ben Zakkai fell ill, his disciples went in to visit him. ... At the moment of his departure he said to them: Remove the vessels so that they shall not become unclean, and prepare a throne for Hezekiah the king of Judah who is coming.

(Translation courtesy halakhah.com)

To answer your second question, this have no relevance as to whether anyone else's Near Death Experience has any significance. People often see what they want to see in Real Live Experiences as well, and people make them up all the time, so one should expect that same kind of behavior with Near Death Experiences, as well.

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Those interested in the Jewish view on Near Death Experience (NDE) should see the videos from R Alon Anava. He was a secular Israeli, as far away from Judaism as one can, when he had a near-death experience in his thirties after experimenting with drugs.

He describes in great detail his experience of hovering over his body, seeing his whole life in front of him, being judged and found to be lacking, the pains he experimented and the chance he got to come back. He made tshuva, learned in yeshiva and now speaks about his experiences. Whether or not you agree with it, it is worth watching as it is a rare source of a deeply religious individual speaking about NDE and relating it to traditional texts. At a minimum he used this experience for the better, transformed his own life and likely many others.

Worth watching in (easy) Hebrew or in English. It is enough to watch the first 10 minutes and you can then decide if it is worth watching the rest.

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  • Those interested in the Jewish view on Near Death Experience (NDE) should see the videos from R Alon Anava Who says that his views reflect that of Judaism? Who says Judaism even has a view on the topic? – mevaqesh Aug 10 '16 at 2:34
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    Rabbi Alon Anava has many interesting things to say about NDEs'. I don't think he actually experienced those events yet his intentions are good. And he has changed his life for the better. We simply do not know. But one thing is for certain. Rabbi Alon Anava knows. Whether he made it up or experienced the after-life, it is up to our willingness to accept his teachings as either true or false. It's a matter of faith. – Shmuel Sep 12 '19 at 16:59
  • @mevaqesh I once heard a rabbi say that Judaism doesn’t have a single view on the topic of heaven, and thank G-d. No one and disprove it. – Turk Hill Sep 12 '19 at 18:04

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