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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 possible for a person to see a "video" of their life which is fundamentally time-governed?

The Aish Rabbi Replies:

The concept of seeing a "video" in the transcendent dimension is merely a metaphor. The reason why this metaphor is used is because it would be impossible to understand it in any other way. We live in a world bound by time, and therefore that is our only frame of reference to describe something that is otherwise inconceivable.

Metaphors are commonly used in Judaism to describe the indescribable. For example, God tells the Jewish people, "I shall redeem you with an outstretched arm." (Exodus 6:6) Of course, we know that God has no arm!

So in reality, there will be no video in the afterlife. Nor will there be a projection screen or popcorn!

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