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
    Commented Jun 13, 2014 at 15:53
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    What is a Near Death experience?
    – Double AA
    Commented Jun 13, 2014 at 16:48
  • @Yishai i like your rayah from pardes +1 on your comment Commented Jun 14, 2014 at 18:25
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    I heard on a tape of Rabbi Avigdor Miller that they are nonsense
    – ray
    Commented Jun 15, 2014 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
    Commented Aug 10, 2016 at 2:33

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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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