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Date: Sun, 21 Apr 2002 22:02:35 -0500
Subject: (urth) Orthodox Jewish afterlife (was Re: Scylla & Oreb)
From: Adam Stephanides 

on 4/20/02 7:13 AM, Alice K. Turner at aturner6@nyc.rr.com wrote:

> These had much
> to do with life after death, and (I gather) there was at the time some
> question as to whether this would be sequential (a la Hindu) or permanent.
> The conservative Saducee party together with every orthodox (small o) Jewish
> party for the last two millennia has rejected both speculations.

I'm a bit puzzled by this last statement.  According to the Encyclopaedia
Judaica, "Orthodox Judaism has, throughout, maintained both a belief in the
future resurrection of the dead..., and also a belief in some form of
immortality of the soul after death." (2:339)  And the Mishnah, one of the
foundations of traditional Judaism, says that "All Israelites will have a
share in the world-to-come" but "anyone who says that resurrection is not of
Torah origin" will not have a share (Sanhedrin 10:1, tr. Eugene J. Lipman).



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