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Sex in the world to come

The Talmud (Berachot 17a) states: העולם הבא אין בו לא אכילה ולא שתיה ולא פריה ורביה ולא משא ומתן ולא קנאה ולא שנאה ולא תחרות אלא צדיקים יושבין ועטרותיהם בראשיהם ונהנים מזיו השכינה שנאמר ויחזו את ...
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Paskening Shlomo out of Shamayim?

R. Yosef Chaim of Baghdad discusses this in his commentary to this Talmudic passage. His answer is that the whole thing was a mere ploy. The Sages actually knew that Shlomo was a worthy person and ...
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Does Techiyat Hameisim, resurrection, apply to Non-Jews as well?

The short answer is yes, they will be resurrected. See from Sukkah 52b: The Gemara continues homiletically interpreting verses that relate to the end of days. It is stated: “And this shall be peace:...
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Giving your z'chus to someone else

As noted by Rabbi Natan Slifkin, there does not appear to be much early precedent for such an idea, at least as you're describing: In my essay "What Can One Do For Someone Who Has Passed Away?&...
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What observable phenomena show that we live in the pre-Messianic era?

Sanhedrin 98a ואמר רבי אבא אין לך קץ מגולה מזה שנאמר (יחזקאל לו, ח) ואתם הרי ישראל ענפכם תתנו ופריכם תשאו לעמי ישראל וגו'‏ And Rabbi Abba says: You have no more explicit manifestation of ...
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Can Rabbis decide whether non-Jews are getting a piece of the Next World?

The Mishnah in Sanhedrin 10:3 discusses whether certain groups of people have a share in the world to come. In his commentary there, Rambam writes as follows: כבר זכרתי לך פעמים רבות שכל מחלוקת שיהיה ...
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Purpose for commandments?

Both of the reasons that are suggested in the OP are correct according to Torah. The primary reason is to inherit the World to Come, as explained in Mesilas Yesharim chapter 1: והנה מה שהורונו חכמינו ...
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Will Olam Haba eventually end?

https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/2312384/jewish/Chapter-3-The-World-to-Come-Why-a-Bodily-Resurrection.htm provides a summary of the 2 opinions about Olam Haba, see there for more details....
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Women giving birth daily ( Olam Ha-Ba )

The source is in a gemara in Masechta Shabbos 30b: בְּדִבְרֵי תוֹרָה מַאי הִיא? — כִּי הָא דְּיָתֵיב רַבָּן גַּמְלִיאֵל וְקָא דָרֵישׁ: עֲתִידָה אִשָּׁה שֶׁתֵּלֵד בְּכָל יוֹם, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר ״הָרָה ...
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Non-Jews (Gentiles) in Olam Haba (Jewish Afterlife)?

Yes, the Meiri in Beis HaBechirah (Masechet Sanhedrin 47a) says that every gentile have a share in the World to come as long he/she follows the 7 laws.
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Why are we here if the chances are zero

I think I understand your question. I’ll try to answer it the best I can. You question is based on the assumption that God's existence is compared to an infinite time line. He was here for an ...
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What are Sifrei Minim today?

Rashi on the Daf (S.V Rav Yosef) says that the Sifrei Minim ie. Sefer Ben Sira is called a Sefer Min: שיש בו דברי הבאי ובא עליהם לידי ביטול תורה Because it has Divrei Havai - empty things, and ...
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Will people have the capacity to act out of free will in the next world?

Free will is premised on the existence of a domain which need not submit to Hashem's will. As the Ramchal writes in the Daas Tevunos, the existence of this domain, while requisite for receiving reward ...
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What is the origin of "Olam Haba"?

In Shmuel 1 28 the whole chapter describes how Shmuel was dead and brought back to this world by the necromancer woman using "ov". In Passuk 3 it describes Shmuel as being dead. Passuk 15 then says: ...
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Does calling someone by a nickname remove one's share in the world to come?

The nicknames mentioned in halacha are in the context of derogatory nicknames, used to shame others. The source is in Baba Metzia 58b: three do not ascend from the world to come and these are [......
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Gan Eden vs. Olam Haba

Your understanding seems to follow, for the most part, the position of the Ramban as laid out in Sha'ar HaGemul, in the section on reward and Gan Eden. Here is a rough summary, although seeing these ...
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Why did Sanhedrin deal with who has a share in Olam Habah?

See Sefer Ha'aros from R' Elyashev z"l (Kesubos 11b) who suggests that it has practical ramifications, since the Heavenly court rules in accordance with the rulings of the earthly Beis Din. אולי ...
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Can Rabbis decide whether non-Jews are getting a piece of the Next World?

In Taanis 29a and Avodah Zarah 18a, Rabban Gamliel and R' Chanina ben Tradyon swear to non-Jews that they'll get them into the World to Come. "Swearing" to do so seems pretty well to indicate that ...
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Sitting in the Succah of Whale skin in the world to come?

This text is clearly allegorical and is not to be taken in the literal sense. Also, your translation of Leviathan as whale or giant fish is only a modern idea. It is not how traditional Judaism ...
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Sitting in the Succah of Whale skin in the world to come?

I hope this will answer your question: The answer is taken from a sefer called Hakhmei Lev. Its called "The Meaning and Significance of the Leviathan" written by Rabbi Ken Stollon. It can be ...
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Is there a halachic difference between the "tzadikei" ("righteous") and the "chasidei" ("pious") umot ha Olam?

They are different. A Tzaddik is someone who does everything correctly (see Mesilat Yisharim, Chapters about Nekiyut - Chapter 13 clarifies this is referring to tzaddik). A Chassid is someone who does ...
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Death After Resurrection?

1: After the resurrection of the dead, will those who resurrected die again? The Rishonim are divided on this question. According to the Rambam and Ibn Ezra those that merit resurrection will indeed ...
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Will people have the capacity to act out of free will in the next world?

The Mishna in Avot (4:17) states: יפה שעה אחת בתשובה ומעשים טובים בעולם הזה מכל חיי העולם הבא One minute of correcting one's ways and performing good deeds in this era, is better than all of ...
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Reward of Olam Haba?

While it is true that there will be an element of regret that one didn't achieve as much as he/she could have, the Mesilat Yesharim also states that there will be the great joy of closeness to God ...
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Will homosexuality be granted in Heaven for those who have been patient?

Nobody really knows for sure. Just be patient, don't lose hope, and sooner or later you'll find out. Hopefully later than sooner. I admire your self control.
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Will Moshiach identify Jews currently thought to be non-Jews?

Without consideration to the beginning of the days of Moshiach, if there is a problem, it will be clarified through resurrection. This is discussed in among other places, the second book of Sefer ...
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Non-Jews (Gentiles) in Olam Haba (Jewish Afterlife)?

It was August 1985. I had just finished medical school and was looking for an internship in a hospital in Mexico City where I would not be required to work on Shabbat. I made my petition to Dr. ...
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Non-Jews (Gentiles) in Olam Haba (Jewish Afterlife)?

Rashi in Parshas Noach regarding the punishment of the Dor Haflaga, Chapter 11, verse 9: "...and from there… scattered them": This teaches [us] that they have no share in the world to come (Mishnah ...
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Which religious texts cause some Jews to focus and worship the material gains in this life (creation) rather than to Hashem (the creator)?

Are there other religious texts in Judaism that conflict with the Torah and emphasize striving for worldly gains as priority? I've never seen any and highly doubt there are. Rather, the explanation ...
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Why does G-d reward reshaim in this world to punish them in the next, if He is good?

In order to answer why God would do it we have to explain why we think He shouldn't do it. I assume that the reason why you (and probably most others) feel that He shouldn't do it is that you feel ...
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