I have heard about the 7 levels of gehinnom, if I am not wrong from a book call Reshit Chochma by Rabbi Eliyahu DaVidas. I don't have the book and didn't find it online.

Is there any English translation of it?

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    hidabroot.org/article/80185 but please don't ask me to explain. Use Google translate if you care enough... Commented Apr 29, 2018 at 10:03
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    Buddy, you might recall your question here.
    – Oliver
    Commented Jan 2, 2019 at 15:35
  • Only if we could have it online😅
    – Rh Haokip
    Commented Jan 2, 2019 at 15:38

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There is no English translation of Reshit Chochmah (Gates of fear) last time I looked... there is one of Gates of love.

From my notes (not saying this list is complete) [Names of each level are mentioned in Me'am Loez in Parsha Bereshis] [Eruvin 19a says Avadon (annihalation) instead of Duma mentioned in me'am loez translation] Vilna Gaon says Avadon is the seventh level and sheol represents the first six levels in a general sense in commentary on misheli 27:20]

Level 1: Bor shaon (pit of turbulent waters)

Someone who interrupts his torah study to engage in idle chatter, someone who doesn't honor talmidei chachamim, someone who curses a deaf person or the like, someone who says good things about someone in front of his enemy (causing him to say lashon hara)

Level 2 Beer Shachath (Well of Destruction)

Someone who honors himself through putting down someone else, someone who knows his friend is going to stumble in halacha and he doesn't tell him and they're both in the same city, someone who has a shul in his city and doesn't go there to pray, someone who lifts his hand to hit his friend even though he doesn't hit him, someone who insults his friend and causes him embarassment

Level 3 Dumah

Insulting Torah Scholars. Letzim (scoffers) of Torah/Talmud, scholars who are arrogant in their torah study, someone who judges others negatively (l'kaf chova), lends money with ribis, doesn't say amen after someone's blessing, interrupts his davening and talks, old scholar who forgot his torah learning (through neglect)

Level 4: tyt hayaven - Quicksand/mire

Motzei Shem Ra, Rechillut. (By Nega Tzaarath). (in addition to level 3). People who don't greet shabbat and festivals. arrogant people (gasei ruach), someone who speaks harshly to the poor and the downtrodden, someone who sees a poor man in a tough situation and doesn't lend him money, someone who oppresses his employee (oshek schar sachir), a man who wastes seed unintentionally because he didn't intentionally guard his eyes (motzi zera lbatala b'shgeg), someone who has relations with a gentile or a nida, a judge who corrupts justice or takes a bribe. (from Zohar Chadash Ruth 79a quoted from Reishis Chachma - Shaar Yira Ch.13)

Level 5 Sheol

Eating Orlah. Failure to circumcise. Defiling Brit through Arayos. heretics denying torah says/doesn't say such and such. Damaging Brit Milah homosexuals. One Punishment mentioned Burn't into ashes--put them back together. repeat

Level 6 - Death Shadow/Tzalmavet

Relations with nidah, incest. kissing non relative. Prutzot. Wigs. A Robber (who stole everything from a poor person got 400 years.) An Author of Book writing about incest -- caused multitudes to sin. The angel couldn't even tell them how long they had left.

Level Seven Eretz tachtith - lower earth / underworld

.motzi zera lbatala bmezid/wasting seed intentionally, public Shabbos desecration, and machetei haraabim (causing masses to sin)

See https://youtu.be/DxYGqSV-gIo And https://www.torahanytime.com/#/lectures?v=79772


Minchat Yehuda from r' Yehuda fetaya ztl has details of kaf hakela as well

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    Most of this doesn't answer the question at hand, which asked for an English translation of this Sefer, not who's in each level of Gehennom.
    – DonielF
    Commented Jun 12, 2019 at 0:24
  • @DonielF in fairness the title of the question does ask for this
    – mbloch
    Commented Jun 12, 2019 at 3:35
  • Hi Spr22, Can you please send me a link to access the one on Dafyomireview?
    – Rh Haokip
    Commented Jun 13, 2019 at 11:05
  • @Rh Haokip: I put in a doc here for you: gofile.io/?c=GkGzv2
    – user19283
    Commented Jun 14, 2019 at 12:46
  • Spr22 Toda rabba
    – Rh Haokip
    Commented Jun 18, 2019 at 6:46

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