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In Judaism, Gehinnom is a temporary place where souls may go after death to atone for misdeeds. A soul can not spend more than one year in Gehinnom.

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Why would some people "return" to Gehinnom?

Rashi on Psalms 9:18 states: לשאולה: אמר רבי נחמי' כל תיבה הצריכה למ"ד בתחלתה הטיל לה ה"א בסופה כגון (בראשית יב) מצרימה מדברה התיבון לי' והכתיב ישובו רשעים לשאולה א"ר אבא בר זבדי ...
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Does the Rambam include the Afterlife in this paragraph?

See what the Rambam says in the paragraph linked here: https://www.sefaria.org/Mishneh_Torah%2C_Kings_and_Wars.12.2?lang=bi&with=all&lang2=en I am looking for sources or helpful thoughts on ...
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Does the Tanakh teach some will suffer eternal conscious torment?

Many identifying as Christians teach that sinners will suffer eternal conscious torment, but I'm wondering what the Jewish view is. Is there an argument from the Tanakh that some will undergo eternal ...
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Is the concept of Eternal Punishment reconcilable with the fact of God's never-ending kindness and mercy?

Is the concept of Eternal Punishment reconcilable with the fact of God's never-ending kindness and mercy? Also, what about the concept that some talk about regarding the punishments of the afterlife ...
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Does Hashem have authority over the decisions of the Rabbis?

Shalom Rabbi, I am seeking assistance with a question that arose during my Torah study. In this Gemara, a Torah scholar named Aher spoke to a child with a stutter. The man Aher thought the child ...
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Sefer that discusses types of punishments in Gehenom?

I am looking for the name of the sefer that discusses the types of punishments given in Gehenom? It's an old sefer and I can't remember the name.
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Does Judaism have a concept of purgatory and if so what's the evidence?

Purgatory is often dismissed as being nothing more than a Roman Catholic doctrine that most Protestants do not believe, but does Judaism have a concept of purgatory of a state of purgation in which a ...
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7 Mitzwot and Gentiles in Hell for the Sins of Israel

I have a few questions: It is said that Hashem is the God of ALL people. But then how can it be that many Jewish sages destined non-Jews for "hell"? I picked out a few examples for you: (...
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No gentiles in gehinnom?

I was listening to a discussion, and the Rabbi said that some of the sages had the opinion, that non Jews do not enter gehinnom. This is the second time I have heard this. My question is as follows. ...
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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 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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Are there daemons in Gehennom?

If one suffers wrath in Gehennom, who carries it out? Is it the souls of the dead, is it strange creatures, daemons? If Gehennom is a real place (on earth) why do we not see daemons and suffering ...
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Tzedakah Protects from hell?

I’ve heard rabbis like Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi and Rabbi Yaron Reuven say that giving to a Yeshiva, kiruv, Shule, charity, helps one gain protection from hell or gain mitzvot. Is there any source for ...
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Is it true that Arizal said even Jesus’s neshama will receive a tikkun but that it will take 50,000 yovels for that to happen?

I’ve heard this claim from Rav Moshe Weinberger but I wonder whether or not it’s true (that the Arizal said this). Please provide sources.
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An uncertain end for an uncircumcised baby?

According to this article, a circumcised person cannot enter Gehinnom. It is for this reason that a stillborn baby is circumcised. So what happens to a stillborn baby that is buried without ...
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How long should my non-Jewish friends burn in hell for?

I've always been told that no matter how evil I was, at worst I would burn in hell for 11 months. Well, 12 months if I was really bad. Today I was looked this up on Wikipedia, and it confirmed the ...
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R. Meir and Reish Lakish on Gan Eden and Gehinnom

I remember reading humble statements by both R. Meir and Reish Lakish, saying about themselves that they would probably need to go through Gehinnom to some degree, because of unknown sins and ...
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12 Months of Hell for the Wicked

The Gemara (Shabbat 33b) states: מִשְׁפַּט רְשָׁעִים בְּגֵיהִנָּם שְׁנֵים עָשָׂר חֹדֶשׁ the judgment of the wicked in Gehenna lasts for twelve months. Is it only 12 months or longer and what happens ...
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What happens in Gehinnom?

The Rambam said: Gehinnom, however, is the name for the pain and the punishment that will come to the evildoers [after they die], but the Talmud did not give a [definitive] description of this ...
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What is the meaning of "May his name and his memory be erased"?

The worst Jewish curse is יִמַּח שְׁמוֹ וְזִכְרוֹ (Yimach shemo ve-zichro -- May his name and his memory be erased). When people die, they go to Gehinnom, where they are judged and punished for their ...
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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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Source for a Chassidic story

I recall this story about a rebbe who is given a Sefer by some Malach. Or maybe he wrote it himself, I don't remember. He tells his chassidim that if any of them copy it, they will be sent to gehinom. ...
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Did Alexander the Great go to hell and come back alive?

In Tamid (32a): אמר להן בעינא דאיזל למדינת אפריקי אמרו ליה לא מצית אזלת דפסקי הרי חשך אמר להן לא סגיא דלא אזלינא אמטו הכי משיילנא לכו אלא מאי אעביד אמרו ליה אייתי חמרי לובאי דפרשי בהברא ואייתי קיבורי ...
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Karet and No Share in ha'olam Haba

What is the difference between a person who died without doing teshuva on his sins on Karet, Eternal gehinnom and having no share in the world to come?
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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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Who are those in the 7th level of Gehinnom? [duplicate]

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 ...
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Gehinnom; the place where the confrontation with one's own sins helps to purify this person?

I have a question about Gehinnam/Gehinnom which is often pictured as a big washing machine, a place for purification, a purgatory. But once I came across a teaching/scripture describing that at this ...
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Embarrasing others (eternal gehinnom at face value?)

"The gemara says all who descend into Gehenna (hell) eventually leave. Except for one who publicly shames his neighbour" halachipedia Then it says the methods for atoning for such embarrasment. If ...
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Does Eternal Gehinnom (i.e. Eternal Judgment leading to Eternal Punishment) negate the concept of Reincarnation?

Where is there a rabbinic discussion of whether eternal Gehinnom (i.e. eternal judgment leading to eternal punishment) negates the concept of Reincarnation? (Because the concept of reincarnation, if ...
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Why do the best of doctors go to Gehinnom according to the Maharsha?

Says the final Mishnah in Kiddushin 82a: טוב שברופאים לגיהנם The best of doctors go to Gehinnom If your name is followed by MD, you may leave now. The Maharsha is puzzled by why this should ...
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Does the concept of eternal damnation exist in Judaism? [duplicate]

Does the concept of eternal damnation exist in Judaism? This is not about some temporary state of judgement like is referred to on Rosh HaShanah 17a by the expression לדורי דורות, but a permanent ...
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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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Tophet, Gehinom and Sheol related to Hell

Looking at the Jewish view of what 'Hell' is (something spiritual), how are physical places like Sheol, Tophet and Gehinom connected/related to it? What do their names mean, and how do those ...
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Why can't we say the word "hell"?

It seems to me that in many Orthodox communities it is considered improper to say the word "hell". Why is this so? Why is it any worse than saying "Gehenim" or "Purgatory"?
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Hell or something else: גהנום/ גהנם and שאול what are these?

'Hell' as described in most dictionaries doesn't seem to be the right translation. Yet a lot of translations of the Tanakh uses this word to translate words such as Sheol and Gehinom ( גהנום/ גהנם and ...
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If Hell is paused on Shabbos, what time-zone do they pick?

This might seem as a naive question: If Hell is paused on Shabbos, what time-zone do they pick? Since there is a gate in Jerusalem, would it be it Israel time? If so Hell is not paused while Shabbos ...
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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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The names of Gehinnom

Babylonian Talmud, ‘Erubin 19a' Joshua b. Levi said: The Gehenna/Gehinnom has seven names; Sheol, Abaddon, Beer Shahat, Tit ha-Yawen, Sha’are Mawet, Sha’are Zalmawet, and Gehenna. What exactly is ...
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Are the notorious reshaim punished in Gehinnom forever?

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 ...
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On the nature of 'Olam HaBa'

I have read that Olam HaBa is an idyllic state in which the world will exist after the Moshiach arrives. Is this correct? But I've also read that Olam HaBa is only for the righteous of all nations, ...
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Seven compartments of Gehinnom according to Midrash Tehillim

In Midrash Tehillim (Midrash Shocher Tov) on Psa. 11:6,(1) it is written, וכנגדם שבע בתי דירות בגיהנם ואלו הן שאול ואבדון גיא דומה וצלמות וארץ תחתית וארץ ציה Perhaps I'm not looking at the right ...
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No Hope for Salvation

Are there any sins that Hashem will not forgive, even if the person does teshuva sincerely and completely? I'm wondering if, perhaps, the "big three" of idolatry, murder, and deviant sexual behavior ...
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Explanation of Eruvin 41b

(Eruvin 41b) "Someone who has a bad wife will not see Gehinom" What does this mean exactly?
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Is this analogy in Reisheis Chokmah?

I've heard of a analogy that may or may not be in the sefer Reisheis Chokmah, that in a part of gehennom, "sinners" cut, in a forest where they see ghosts, wood for a burning fire. Does anyone have ...
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Origin of the allegory of the long spoons

A common version of the allegory of the long spoons tells how Rabbi Hayim Elhanan ben Yehudah Leyb Tsedek or Tzadikov (*1813, ✡1883) of Rumšiškės went to see the difference between Heaven and Hell. ...
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Eternal Gehinom

The talmud in Rosh Hashana 17a lists some sins which warrant eternal gehinom. Is this to be taken literally? Or perhaps it means a very long time or until the end of this world?
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What is the Purpose of Punishments in the Afterlife?

What is the purpose of punishments in the afterlife (Gehinom, kaf hakela, gilgulim, etc.)? Are all of them for cleaning up the person from the consequences of his bad deeds and therefore for his ...
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Why is hell termed Gehinnom?

Why is the place that that wicked are punished for their sins after death termed Gehinnom? Is there is an association with Gei ben Hinnom where idolatry was performed? If so why was this place singled ...
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How did Avraham save Terach?

The gemarah (eiruvin 19a) states that Avraham Avinu sits at the entrance to gehinom and doesn't allowed anyone circumcised to enter there. The Ariz'l (Sefer Likkutim, Parsha Vayera) states that the ...
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