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Is it stated anywhere what happens to animals when they die? I think it is stated somewhere they have no share in the world to come, so what happens to them after they die? This topic interests me greatly.

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    I don't think that Jews believe that animals go to heaven. I may be wrong about that. Assuming that sacrifices will be required in the World to Come, then, I guess we will need them around. Of course, that concept may beg the question what's the purpose of returning if you'll be slaughtered, again? – DanF Jul 20 '18 at 21:30
  • @DanF I’ve heard secondhand from Rabbi Twerski that while that’s true for most animals, dogs are different. I don’t know his reasoning or source, just the statement. – DonielF Jul 20 '18 at 22:30
  • Maybe animals are reincarnated over and over again. That's my personal theory. I don't know if any source backs it up, though. – ezra Jul 21 '18 at 0:30
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You ask two different questions:

Will there be animals in the WTC?

Yes, here's a simple proof.

  1. If by the WTC you mean the world after the 3rd Temple is rebuilt - of course, there will be animals and everything else as the Gemmorah in Shabbes 65 "דאמר שמואל אין בין העולם הזה לימות המשיח אלא שעבוד גלויות" (Rambam also rules that at the end of Melachim). Meaning there will be no perceivable difference between this world and the WTC, therefore the animals (DanF also remembered the sacrifices!)

  2. It is commonly accepted, that the very idea of our 6000 years world is to fix all the primordial sins (Adam's and the Golden Calf and some more) and to bring the world to the level of "Adam before he sinned".
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    Since there were animals in the original Eden (see Bereishis), we can assume there will be animals in the last Eden.

Animal soul reincarnation

The details on reincarnation, however, are very scarce, I mean, will you meet the soul of your passed dog or just some other dog - I didn't find that information.

  • Your answer equates the World to Come with the Messianic Era. That is far from clear, and certainly untrue according to Rambam. – Alex Jul 22 '18 at 14:33
  • @Alex You're right, many mix those terms, they are also unclear, that's why I mentioned both. – Al Berko Jul 22 '18 at 14:42
  • But you didn't mention the World to Come according to the understanding that it is not simply the Messianic Era or the Resurrection of the Dead. – Alex Jul 22 '18 at 14:56
  • @Alex How do you define it and when it begins? – Al Berko Jul 22 '18 at 15:05

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