Tuesday, June 25, 2019

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What Happens Next?

   by Reb Gutman Locks   


     One of Rambam's thirteen principles of Jewish faith is belief in the resurrection of the dead. But what, if anything, happens to us after we leave this world and before the resurrection comes?

     There is very little written in the Talmud and in mystical Jewish writings about what the soul will experience at that time; its judgement, its rewards and its punishment. On the surface, it seems that the Torah itself (the Five Books of Moshe) does not say anything about this… or does it?

     Hashem tells Abraham, "You shall come to your fathers (ancestors) in peace: you shall be buried in a good old age."[i] He tells Moshe, "Behold, you will lie with your forefathers…."[ii]

     If nothing will be going on after the soul leaves this world until the resurrection, then what did Hashem mean when He told these two greatest tzaddikim (righteous) that they were going to be with their fathers? If the soul does not exist at that time, or if it experiences nothing at that time, then what information was Hashem giving to them? How are they with their forefathers if they do not exist, or if nothing is happening?

     Obviously, something is going to happen to us after we leave this world.

     There is one way to change the future. Do something different today.

[i] Genesis 15:15

[ii] Deuteronomy 31:16

1 comment:

  1. There are writings about the resurrection, the last of the 13 principles which every Jew must believe and even if one is discarded, then that person does NOT believe in our Torah. Every Jewish neshamah has a portion in the World to Come.


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