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Why the Afterlife Isn’t Mentioned in the Torah

Three classic explanations.

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(11) Fred Ripley, May 12, 2018 3:36 AM


Thank you for offering your insight on this subject in the Torah.

I like all three ideas equally. Idea number one is we are to do right because it is the right thing to do rings true. The motivation for many things is not made clear by Moses but he says do it anyway. Reminds me of child training: if the child is about to put his hand on the hot stove then time does not permit a complete explanation as to why it is best not to do that.

Thank you again,

Fred Ripley

(10) Anonymous, May 11, 2018 3:43 PM


Cogent thought on a difficult question, Thank You for that display of wisdom.

(9) Anonymous, May 10, 2018 11:31 PM

The absence is why Judaism is shrinking

I don't expect my comments to persuade, because its against tradition, but the lack of some great reward has likely contributed to Judaism's small scale, despite our ability as a people, to 'punch above our weigh class." Way above. The smallness makes us more vulnerable, in a purely, tactical and logistical sense, Pure anthropology here, guys.

As far as an actual afterlife, I am guessing that the 'answer' exists in physics and cosmology, and the crazy thing know as computer science. 99.99 of the researchers in these studies are passionate atheists, so my expectation of a 'theory' emerging, having read about this all my life, will be very long in coming.

So, that's my take, please ignore as desired, for I am not selling posy's at the airport, for this observation. But a genuine a-life theory, beating out gilgul, and the mystical, might actually make life better for our peeps.

Adios all.

(8) David Levine, May 10, 2018 6:31 PM

Well Done Indeed

Well done indeed. The Rambam put it well and so well that the agnostic "Humanists" couldn't improve on it--be good for goodness sake. Don't look for rewards in either the afterlife or this life for good behavior and its manifestations, e.g. respect for other people, lending a helping hand to someone who needs it, and charitable giving. If the forgoing and other manifestations of good behavior cause you to feel better about yourself and the world, that's sufficient.

(7) Me’irah Iliinsky, May 10, 2018 2:58 PM

Well done!

This is a good articulation re: metaphor and the limits of human understanding of Olam haBa. Thank you.

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