The Afterlife & the Messiah
What happens after we die? Judaism is famously ambiguous about this matter. The immortality of the soul, the World to Come, and the resurrection of the dead all feature prominently in Jewish tradition, but the logistics of what these things are and how they relate to each other is open to interpretation.Read more
Life After Death
A complicated doctrine.
Everlasting life was not always guaranteed to the Jewish soul.
Different beliefs throughout history.
A controversial notion, embraced by kabbalists.
A Yiddish folktale.
The redeemer of Israel, who will usher in a better, more perfect era.
Jewish texts offer glimpses into this future time.
In Jewish sources, the ideal society will be situated in Israel and ushered in by catastrophe.
Jewish messianism has been repeatedly reinterpreted in the modern era.
Scholars debate the relationship between catastrophe, Jewish mysticism, and messianic fervor.
When and how will the dead will be resurrected? An open debate.
By the second century, belief in resurrection had entered Jewish liturgy and legal writing.
Amending prayers that mention resurrection to accord with modern sensibilities.
The resurrection of the dead is briefly mentioned in the biblical books of Daniel and Isaiah.
How much do you know about the immortality of the soul, the World to Come, and the resurrection of the dead?
Jewish sources provide images of a torturous hell and heavenly paradise.
Jewish authorities disagree as to whether all cows go to heaven.
A humble child or perhaps a victorious and wise ruler.
Leader and nation who will battle Jews before the coming of the Messiah.
Messianism in Chabad-Lubavitch challenges Jews of all denominations to consider the limits of Jewish theology.