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I read somewhere in the Internet (Sorry, I forget where it is...) that Gehinnom is a temporary place. Is it true?

If it is true, how about the notorious reshaim (ex: Hitler Y"SH)? Are they punished in Gehinnom forever?

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Sanhedrin - cheilek (chapter 11) discusses "Olam Haba" and people who didn't get to go there. Among their number is "Bilam Ha-Rasha". Because Bilam wasn't Jewish it acts as a proof that righteous gentiles can obtain "Olam Haba" (otherwise Bilam didn't lose anything, he never had a chance in the first place)

In Gittin there is a whole section (around daf 52) discussing the destruction of the Temple which is commonly read Erev Tisha B'Av in the afternoon (as one of the sections you are allowed to study when general study is prohibited). During this section it goes through various sinners and what they suffered in the "afterlife". Bilam is among their number, so there was a kind of "life after death" for him and it continued at least until the time of this Gemara.

If that is the meaning of "Gehinnom" then yes indeed they are published "forever" or at least for a long time.

With regards to Moshal (stories) in Gemara they are not always intended to be taken literally (unlike Halacha which is) but may be there to teach morals. So one cannot use this as a definitive "proof". I guess we'll find out more when we get there.

  • It doesn't say he 'lost' olam haba. It says he didn't get it. You have not presented a logical proof. – Double AA Jun 18 '15 at 14:55
  • The Mishnah states he didn't get Olam Haba, the Gemara (I tnink) uses it as proof that righteous gentiles do and his reason for not getting it was his wickedness, not because he wasn't Jewish. – CashCow Jun 18 '15 at 14:57
  • If the gemara says it, please indicate as much. Your current 'proof' is lacking. – Double AA Jun 18 '15 at 14:59
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    The "afterlife" whatever it is... – CashCow Jun 18 '15 at 15:14
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    @yEz Who, Bilaam? – HaLeiVi Jun 18 '15 at 21:32

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