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Teshuva Gentiles [duplicate]

Hello I have a question: I read that teshuva does not work for non-jews. Sources: https://judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/45798/teshuva-and-non-jews MY question would be if this is really true ...
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According to 1st century Jewish interpretations of Ecclesiastes, what part of man goes to Sheol?

Note: this is an adaptation of the question According to Ecclesiastes, what part of man goes to Sheol? which I previously asked on Biblical Hermeneutics Stack Exchange. On that site the question ...
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How would Pharisees of the 1st century AD have interpreted Ecclesiastes 9:5-10?

Ecclesiastes 9:5-10 (ESV): 5 For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten. 6 Their love and their hate and ...
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What does this from Rosh Hashanah 17a mean?

In Rosh Hashanah 17a it says Gehenna will terminate, but they still will not terminate, as it is stated: “And their form shall wear away the netherworld, so that there be no dwelling for Him” (Psalms ...
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What is heaven like for non Jews [duplicate]

Do non Jews who follow the seven laws of Noah get the same reward as a Jew or what is heaven like for us.
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As a gentile how can I know if I am going to hell according to Judaism? [duplicate]

As a gentile, how can I know if I am going to hell according to Judaism? I have no idea, being much more familiar with Buddhism and Christianity. For what it's worth, I'm more or less atheist, have ...
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What does Tanya say about gehinnom

I am not a Jew but I only left christianity not too long ago, I find the Jewish belief on heaven and hell fascinating Some say it’s forever while others like Rabbi Akiva, The Rambam, Modern Chabad, ...
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After death, does one experience the company of his loved ones in heaven?

Please provide sources, preferably kabbalistic.
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Chayei olam: "everlasting life" or "long life"?

I am an Italian noahide. I see that, in the translations of the Tanakh and of the Hebrew sources in general edited by Jews , the expression "chayei olam" is constantly rendered with "...
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Locality and directionality in the world of immaterial souls

IIRC, in all prophecies and Rabbinic stories about Heavens, all Heavenly entities are local (let alone embodied), they have a certain location, they are not "all-around" or everywhere, and ...
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Can one have a relationship with a deceased rebbe?

Shalom fam, Longtime fan of this forum, but this is the first time I’ve ever posted. Anyhow, is one able to have a relationship with a deceased rebbe? Meaning, can one learn Torah from a deceased ...
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What is a dybbuk?

I heard that a dybbuk is kind of like a soul that came back from heaven and inhabits a body. 1. Does anyone have any more information that would make the concept easier to picture? 2. Is there a ...
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Is Gilgulei Neshamot ever mentioned in Shas?

I have heard that somewhere in Shas, there is a case of Gilgul neshama mentioned. Is there actually such a case, and where is this to be found?
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What do we make of the witch of Endor?

The Torah forbids necromancy [Lev. 19:31 and 20:6,27; Deut. 18:11]. Yet King Saul goes to the witch of Endor, who brings up the dead prophet Samuel for him. Samuel responds: Why have you ...
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Letter from the Chofetz Chaim about non religious martyrs

I once heard that the Chofetz Chaim has a letter in which he writes that even someone who is totally non-religious, if they are killed because they are a Jew, they have a portion in the world to come ...
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Where is Gehenom located?

Where is Gehenom located? After Korach and his followers got swallowed up by the Earth, they fell right outside the gates of Gehenom, and are (presumably) till this day yelling משה אמת ותורתו אמת (...
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The name of גיהנום

Why is Hell (גהינום) named after גיא בן הינום , the Valley of the son of Hinom? And what is גיא בן הינום anyways? Why don’t we just call it Sheol like the Torah does?
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In the afterlife, will the person's embarrassing moment be revealed before everyone?

Shalom! Is it true that in the afterlife, there will be video tapes played in front of everyone, showing our most embarrassing and most shameful acts that we've committed in this lifetime?
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What Jewish denominations believes in an afterlife?

What Jewish denominations believe in an afterlife? It appears there is a judgement of the world to come but that doesn't specify if there is an afterlife or not. This question makes me think Judaism ...
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Do the Rabbanim know more than King Solomon about the reality of post-death?

I believe it's accepted in the mainstream that Kohelet is authored by King Solomon in his wisdom. In it, he writes: 19- For there is a happening for the children of men, and there is a happening ...
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The purpose of punishment in the Afterlife

This follows my previous question "can-one's-merits-in-the-world-to-come-be-traded" In my humble understanding, the general purpose of punishment is to make someone better, to make a person change, ...
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Can a soul be redeemed, based on Psalm 49?

Psalm 49:8: "אָח לֹא־פָדֹה יִפְדֶּה אִישׁ לֹא־יִתֵּן לֵאלֹהִים כָּפְרוֹ׃ וְיֵקַר פִּדְיוֹן נַפְשָׁם וְחָדַל לְעוֹלָם׃ וִיחִי־עוֹד לָנֶצַח לֹא יִרְאֶה הַשָּׁחַת׃ " teaches that (all the) wealth ...
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How is it determined whether someone goes to Heaven or to Hell?

I was told by a Chabad rabbi that the determination of reaching Heaven or Hell (Gan Eden or Gehinnom) is done through the weighing of aveiros (sins) and mitzvos (good deeds). This was, of course, a ...
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Judaism's view of pagans/polytheists [duplicate]

How does Judaism view pagans or polytheists? Will they be burnt in hell for eternity like what Christianity and Islam say?
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Will the Jewish Messiah save us from hell?

Will the Jewish messiah save us from hell? Is there any basis the Jewish Messiah will save people from Hell? I guess this could be interpreted before death or after? It appears hell isn't the same ...
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Do animals have a share in the world to come? [duplicate]

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 ...
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Is burning in hot excrement a genuine possible punishment in gehinnom?

מסכת גיטין נ"ז: ...כל המלעיג על דברי חכמים נידון בצואה רותחת Is this a genuine punishment that adherents of Orthodox Judaism believe to be carried out? Does it pertain to both Jews and none-Jews?...
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The phase between death and resurrection comparable to sleeping?

Tehillim 13:4 talks about the the sleep of death (אִישַׁן הַמָּוֶת), Yeshayahu 26:19 reads something like my dead bodies shall arise--awake and sing, ye that dwell in the dust (הָקִיצוּ), Daniel 12:2 ...
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What happens when the neshama has an aliya?

there is a common practice to learn torah for someone who is deceased 'l'iluy nishmato/a' - to raise her/his soul. There is also a common (american/ashkenazik?) custom for a relative of a deceased ...
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Logic tells me that, once the soul ascended, the physical body should no longer remain - why is it not the case?

Please bear with me on this, I'm very serious about what I'm seeking an answer to and I see that this board treats people with Derech Eretz. So I hope that even if no answer is available, I wont be ...
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Is it possible to lodge an appeal for a soul that has gone to Gehenom?

Unsong is a work of online serial fiction by Scott Alexander which is based heavily on Judaism. (I highly recommend it to Jews and Gentiles alike.). As I discussed in my earlier question here, the ...
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Why are there two worlds separate from one another

HaShem created an Olam HaZeh/Yemos HaMashiach/Le'asid Lavo world, and He also created an Olam Haba/Gan Eden world. Why is it necessary to have two worlds that do not interact with each other? What ...
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Who is in charge of Gehennim?

In Mishlei 5:9, there is an entity called אַכְזָרִי that somehow takes years from people who are rebellious: פֶּן־תִּתֵּ֣ן לַאֲחֵרִ֣ים הוֹדֶ֑ךָ וּ֝שְׁנֹתֶ֗יךָ לְאַכְזָרִֽי: Rashi explains that ...
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Did 1st century Jews believe in immortality of the soul?

Did Jews in the 1st century generally hold to the belief that humans are by nature immortal, or did they believe in some form of conditionalism (sorry if that's not the correct term, as I'm coming ...
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Connection Hell and Hinnom?

Why are the Jewish concepts - of what often is translated as - 'Hell' and which is often seen as a place for cleansing, purification, refining and correcting the soul (purgatory), related and ...
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Atheist Jew, but keeping the most basic Torah laws, what will wait him in the afterlife?

I am asking about a Jew. He is 100% materialist, atheist in his world view. He keeps the most basic laws of Judaism: keeps Sabbath (not so strictly as Orthodox Jews do, but keeps), doesn't eat pork ...
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What is the fate of non-Jews in the afterlife? [duplicate]

From what I've read before, according to Jewish belief, if a non-Jew follows the Noahide Laws, he/she will not suffer in the afterlife. Are there any verses in the Torah/Tanakh to support this? If ...
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Where in Judaism does it describe the journey of the soul in the afterlife? [duplicate]

Where in Judaism does it describe the journey of the soul in the afterlife? Sources, that I am looking for stem from kabbalah teaching or the zohar. Also,I am searching for primary sources, so if they ...
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Has cryonics been treated in Rabbinic literature? [duplicate]

Has it been treated by rabbinic literature? If yes, what does it say about cryonics?
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Can a soul be destroyed to non-existence?

Can a soul die (make choices that will lead to its being completely destroyed)? The Zohar 1:131a states that the souls of transgressors will became ashen cinders under the feet of the righteous. From ...
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References to resurrection and the afterlife in the Jewish Bible?

I am a Christian and have been studying what we call the Old Testament, and been surprised to have difficulty to find a reference to afterlife in the Jewish books of the Christian Canon. I know that ...
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what are the rewards for the righteous in Olam Haba?

I am looking for some sources from chazal on what rewards await the righteous in olam haba (the afterlife). preferably some kind of comprehensive treatise rather than bits and pieces.
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Reform Conversions and Olam Ha-Ba [duplicate]

If a Gentile decides to convert through the Reform movement for the purposes of being ethically monotheistic, practicing traditions relating to Judaism, and having a community, would they be punished ...
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What is the tzror hachaim (bond of life)?

On tombstones one finds the acronym for t'hay nafsho/ah tzrurah b'tzror hachaim (may the soul be bound to the bond of life). What is this bond of life? Do we have any sources which explain what this ...
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What is the Orthodox Jewish view of the afterlife?

What is the nature of life after death, according to Orthodox Judaism as it exists today? I have tried to read up on this, but I often hear very conflicted views... I mean I once read that Sheol is ...
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What does Judaism say about pets in the World to Come? [duplicate]

What does Judaism teach about animals in the World to Come? Pets hold such a beloved place in the now and appear, more than other animals, to have there own will in their actions. Is there hope that ...
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what happens to non-Noahide non-Jews after death?

I've heard many Jews and Noahides say that only a non-Jew who follows the Noahide Laws "has a share in the world to come." Yet is this a universal belief in Judaism (ie, do other authorities hold ...
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What does Kares actually mean?

I want to give a shiur in Shul about Shabbat and how it Rambam and others say that one gets Kares if one doesn't keep it and it says in the Chumash 'that he is cut of from his people'. A person came ...
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Life after death? [duplicate]

Can anyone direct me to a book or commentary on Jewish thoughts on what happens after death, and the evolution of those ideas. I understand that Judaism is centered on how to live life, but from I can ...
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As an atheist, what awaits me after death?

I'm putting together a Pascal's wager piece of sorts, and wanted to see what modern religions think atheists deserve. So if Judaism pans out to be the one true religion, what'll happen to me (an ...
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