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Afterlife & Messiah Quiz

The 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. 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 2. True or false: The mystic Abraham Abulafia didn't just try to bring the Messiah, he tried to become the Messiah.


Question 3. In Jewish belief, which of these is not a possibility?
 The soul separates from the body
 The soul goes straight to heaven
 The soul makes a stop in hell (Gehinnom) to purge itself of sins
 The soul transmutes into the World to Come


Question 4. True or false: In the Talmud, the afterlife is referred to as the "corrected world."


Question 5. Do some Jews believe in resurrection?


Question 6. What is a gilgul?
 A small forest demon
 The Hebrew term for a reincarnated soul
 The desert in which souls reside before resurrection
 The time between death of the body and death of the soul


Question 7. Which of these is NOT an example of modern messianism?
 Some Chabad Lubavitchers' beliefs about Menachem Mendel Schneerson
 Religious Zionist ideals
 Radical socialism