Friday, October 12, 2007 I was asked the following question:
Do Jewish people go to heaven, and if so, do they meet others
they knew in life in a recognizable form?
was my response:
Jewish belief is that heaven exists and is referred to as "the
next world", "olum hazeh", and "gan eden-paradise". We do not believe in hell.
However, we do belief in a "cleansing period" before getting into heaven IF that
person has sinned. The 11 months after the passing of a loved one is intended as
Meeting "people" in heaven is a whole other issue...once the body is shed, the
deceased is no longer a part of the "people world" and, therefore, becomes the
pure energy from which it came into form in the first place. Form disintegrates
and decomposes after physical death. Energy, which cannot be destroyed remains
ever present and can be "felt" or experienced" by other energy. Therefore, the
"next world" is one of energy that is becoming more and more pure until,
ultimately, it merges with it's creator.
you have questions about a personal matter, or jewish practices
and customs, you can submit them to me by e-mail.
I answer all queries directly, or through this column, when the
question is informative to our community.
you for your kind attention and this opportunity to share with you,
Rabbi Dan S. Wiko
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