Afterlife & Messiah QuizThe immortality of the soul, the World to Come, the resurrection of the dead, and the Messianic age are all part of Jewish tradition. How much do you know about this area of Jewish belief?
Question 1. According to the Mishnah, who "brings a child into the World to Come"?
His or her parents
His or her teacher
His or her siblings
His or her previous incarnations
Question 2. What is the concept of gilgul?
The transmigration of souls from one body to another
The building of a "live" person from clay or mud
The belief that all souls return to God
A person storing their soul in a physical object at the time of death
Question 3. Which belief is expounded by Maimonides in his "Essay on the Resurrection"?
People will only be resurrected as noncorporeal souls
People will be resurrected as souls with everlasting bodies
People will be resurrected in body form, but will eventually die again
People will be resurrected in the bodies of great Jewish leaders
Question 4. According to Jewish tradition, which biblical personality will the Messiah be descended from?
All of the above
None of the above
Question 5. True or false: The mystic Abraham Abulafia didn't just try to bring the Messiah, he tried to become the Messiah.
Question 6. Which is true of Maimonides' conception of the World to Come?
Both humans and animals reside there
It was a paradise of the senses, not an intellectual one
It was an intellectual paradise
It is a temporary rest from eternal torture
Question 7. Which of the blessings in the Amidah testifies to the belief in the Messiah?
The blessing "Avot," for the forefathers
The blessing "Shield of Abraham," for the Chosen one
The blessing "Gevurot," for God's "mightiness" in reviving the dead
The blessing "Rofei," for healing the pain of death