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Life After Death

With Rabbi David Wolpe

July 1, 2009

What does Judaism hold about life after death? Jewish prayers and rabbinic literature mention "the world to come" and "the garden of Eden," but these texts also discuss the resurrection of the dead. In Jewish mysticism there is also mention of gilgul, reincarnation. Many Jews don't learn anything about Jewish beliefs about life after death as part of their Jewish education.

Rabbi David Volpe, a popular Conservative movement rabbi at Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, has a compelling way of explaining Jewish attitudes toward life after death. He made this video for Jewish TV Network. Let us know what you think.

Reform synagogues are often called "temple." "The Temple" refers to either the First Temple, built by King Solomon in 957 BCE in Jerusalem, or the Second Temple, which replaced the First Temple and stood on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem from 516 BCE to 70 CE. Hebrew for "my master," the term refers to a spiritual leader and teacher of Torah. Often, but not always, a rabbi is the leader of a synagogue congregation.
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