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Does Judaism believe in Heaven and Hell?

A quick Jewish perspective, with no devil and pitch forks.

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Visitor Comments: 6

(5) Al, June 25, 2017 3:44 PM

This explanation makes so much sense

Finally, a video on heaven and hell that makes sense!!!

I am not Jewish. I was born in a Catholic community, but once I was old enough to start thinking for myself, the ideas of heaven and hell after death just didn't make sense to me -- as explained by the Rabbi Zeldman.

I was exploring because of practical lessons like from this video that experienced when watching other videos of different Rabbis lecturing on lessons from the Torah. They just make so much practical sense.

Samuel, July 17, 2017 6:12 PM

I was born in a Christian home. My father didn't take us every sunday to church but one day he started to study with his Christian friends, and after around five years he just couldn't make sense of it so he got us all involved. It didn't make sense to us. We then started to study Judaism and it turned out that my mother, and my grandmother, and my great-grandparents (from my mother's side) were all secular Jewish who didn't even know they were Jewish. I wonder why they left such a beautiful tradition when it is really the only one that makes sense from a religious point of view.

(4) Anonymous, September 25, 2016 4:21 AM

Very confused

Well that hell you describe doesnt sound so scary , if theres not really punishment for the sins people commit, why would they refrain from sinning? Wheres the justice there? You can do whatever you would like and punishment is only an emotional regret of what you did? . What about the verse that speaks about the fire from gehinon stops on shabat (im guessing for those jews who kept shabat buy did other sins) ... I understand the soul is not physical hence regular fire wouldnt affect it, but oviously we fire from gehinon is not regular fire :(

(3) Anonymous, September 22, 2016 7:52 PM

Torah verses

Please give verses in Torah to back up your statement about Hell being emotional torment

(2) Erika Kish, September 20, 2016 10:34 AM

This is what I believe also about heaven and hell. However I disagree about the physical pain. People committing suicide because of emotional Pain are not in their right mind at that moment .there is a difference from Physically Pain or Suffering, That is far greater , it gives a vantage , a view of life no one else can. Finding strength in Judiaism , trusting Hashem will give a special blessing to all that suffer.

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