Ask the Rabbi: Questions and Answers about Soul & Afterlife
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Soul & Afterlife

Afterlife Video - I was interested to read your explanation on the afterlife. However, perhaps you could clarify one point. I heard that "time" is a concept unique to this world, not existing in the World to Come. How, then, is it... More
Animal Souls - I have a dog that I love dearly. She has brought joy to my life and brought smiles to the faces of many. I've heard many people say that animals don't have souls or that their souls are different from ours. When I look... More
Better Off Not Created - Why did God create the world? I thought the answer was that in God's kindness, He wanted to give people the opportunity to come close to Him. But I understand the Talmud says we'd have been better off not having been... More
Cloning & Immortality - In the various life choices I’ve made – career, family, etc – I notice one common denominator: I am on a quest for immortality. I want to leave a legacy. Wouldn’t it simply solve this... More
Dybbuk - I recently received tickets to a ballet called "The Dybbuk," with music by Leonard Bernstein. It sounds like something like the "Jewish Exorcist." Please tell me what this is all about. More
Holocaust: Reincarnated Souls? - I live in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, and I enjoy reading your Ask the Rabbi column. In my local paper today, it was reported that a leading rabbi in Israel said that the Jewish victims of the Holocaust were reincarnated... More
Luz Bone - I have heard about a bone in the brain that never disintegrates. You can't burn it, break it or crush it. What is this bone called and what is its purpose? More
Reincarnation - I was astonished by your explanation of suffering in little children as being due to their souls being "old" and having experienced past lives. I have always understood this notion as being a component of Buddhism and... More
Reincarnation and Dreams - I have been reading about the Jewish idea of reincarnation and this has raised a few questions: Does reincarnation explain why it is believed that we were all at Mount Sinai to receive the Torah? Secondly, how do we... More
Singularity Theory - Time Magazine recently ran an article on Singularity Theory, which was new to me and very fascinating, and scary at the same time, that human intelligence is about to be surpassed by machines. Are you familiar with... More
Soul for a Fetus? - Where in Torah is there a reference to the exact time when God places the soul into the human being? Do Jews believe that babies have souls before birth? More
Source for Afterlife - I know that Judaism believes in the afterlife, but in reading the Torah I did not see any mention of that. You would think such major, essential, fundamental ideas would be openly stated. Where is this discussed? More
Suicide - A guy who works at the same company just committed suicide. Some people are saying that this is a terrible crime, while others say it's okay because he didn't harm anyone. Can help put this into perspective for me? More
The Afterlife - Do Jews believe in the hereafter such as life after death? More
To Life! - If the World to Come (the afterlife) is the ultimate perfect world that we aspire to go when we die, then why are we constantly wishing everyone to "have a long life"? Surely if the afterlife is so wonderful, shouldn't... More

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