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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 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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Do Animals Have an Afterlife

What does Torah say about an afterlife for animals? Is there somewhere animals go after they die? Please include the sources of your answers.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...