Question by  wpzpenguin (137)

What do Jews believe happens at death?

I'm intrested in what Jewish people believe about death.


Answer by  tamarawilhite (17883)

Jews believe their souls go to heaven. Unlike many other faiths, they also believe that anyone who lived by the Noahide laws (precursor to 10 commandments) also go to heaven.


Answer by  beckonthemoon88 (59)

Jewis people do not care so much for the afterlife as how you treat your life prior to death. A good life brings reward, while a bad life brings punishment. The after life it's self is not that important and therefore overlooked in most scripture.


Answer by  pngkanaka (6)

Upon death, the body is returned to dust. The spirit returns to God. Since the combination of the body and the spirit creates the soul, the soul is then non-existent after death. It is referred to as being in "Sheol" or the "unseen" or "unknown". There is no reference to resurrection, only the reality of "ceasing to exist".


Answer by  Ali41 (1593)

The very evil go to hell. The very righteous go to heaven. Those in between will spend some time divorcing their soul from their body before going to heaven.


Answer by  sonicfoundation (2597)

They have interesting beliefs. You will either go to heaven and be with God, or go to hell. But no one stays in hell and will eventually go to heaven.


Answer by  tamkees (3203)

Being so focused on how people live, Judaism says little about the afterlife, but most Jews believe that the dead won't rise again until the coming of the Messianic age.


Answer by  Mike39 (320)

According to Judaism, once a person dies, his soul leaves the body and goes in front of the Heavenly Court and then sent to Paradise or Purgatory.

Reply by jlaird (190):
Jews don't believe in Purgatory -- that's a Christian term.  add a comment
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