Why Doesn’t the Torah Mention the Afterlife?

Belief in the Next World is a foundation of Judaism. Why doesn’t the written Torah talk about it?

Comments (7)

(5) colin livingstone, July 9, 2020 8:25 AM


Concise and easily understood content. Thank you for this valuable and logical insight. I am a Christian with an open mind and I trust an open heart. Respect.

(4) Joseph Mendson, July 26, 2018 9:44 PM

The Truth About The Afterlife

Is the Torah the only 5 books of the Tanach? If the Torah does
not speak about the afterlife and the other books of the Tanach do, why it is so relevant that the Torah must also speak of the afterlife? The JPS translation of the Scriptures says in Psalm 49:12,20 that as one passes away he or she is taken to the eternal home of the dead. That's what the afterlife in Judaism means: The eternal home of the dead. Also king David in II Samuel 12:23 said that once dead, no one will ever return. Rather we will join them that they would ever return to us again.

(3) Anonymous, July 26, 2018 5:18 PM

If there's no clear sources in the written Torah,...

how do we know that Olam Haba isn't just a theory that the writers of the Talmud came up with?

YD, July 26, 2018 11:18 PM

When it comes to fundamentals, the Rabbis don't have "theories", our nation has a tradition

It seems that you're asking a much deeper, fundamental question about Rabbinic Authority and the system of how the Talmud came to be, which I can't profess to answer sufficiently and I recommend you contact a Rabbi, though keep in mind that many things we know through the Oral Law that was passed from Moshe through the generations that was not written (at least explicitly) in the Written Law. Also keep in mind that regarding Olam Haba, we also have numerous references both in the other books of Tanach (Prophets and Writings) as well as a large number of stories about Olam Haba (people having interactions with it and the like) are cited throughout the Talmud. Ultimately, though, the answer you'll find will be something along the lines of showing how the Rabbis don't just "have theories" about things- just like how we understand things that are more clearly expressed in the Torah, all the fundamentals of Judaism are from a direct tradition (Mesorah) from G-d. Rabbinic input only comes into play when it's a matter of sorting out the details and establishing practice.

Anonymous, August 5, 2018 5:03 PM

The author of Psalm 30 did not appear to believe in the afterlife.

He said, "I pleased with the Lord: 'What gain would there be if I died and went down to the grave? Can dust thank you?...'"

Psalm 6 (in Tachnun) says something similar: "No one remembers You when he is dead. Who can praise You from the grave?

(2) Sheila Hecker, July 26, 2018 3:27 PM

Very impressed with the content andpresentation re "Olam Habah"

(1) Anonymous, July 26, 2018 2:29 PM

fewer visuals please

Please fewer distracting pop up graphics. Hard to listen to the the valuable message when so many things are happening and changing on the screen at the same time. Less is more here, please.


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