This expanded second edition of the classic text on life after death in Judaism includes new material on practical applications of Jewish views of the afterlife, such as funeral, burial, and shiva, as well as an updated look at how views on death and dying have shifted in recent years. Synthesizing traditional Jewish sources with contemporary psychological thought, near-death experiences, and consciousness research, Jewish Views of the Afterlife offers a contemporary statement on ways of understanding the afterlife journey of the soul from a spiritual point-of-view. Both historical and contemporary, this book provides a rich resource for scholars and lay people, for teachers and students, and makes an important Jewish contribution to the growing contemporary psychology of death and dying.
Simcha Paull Raphael is adjunct assistant professor in Jewish Studies at Temple University, is a spiritual director at Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and has a psychotherapy practice in Philadelphia where he specializes in bereavement. He has been involved in spiritually-oriented death awareness education for more than 20 years.
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Preface Chapter 3 Preface for the Second Edition Chapter 4 A Personal Journey Chapter 5 Is There Afterlife After Auschwitz? Chapter 6 Biblical Roots of Jewish Views of the Afterlife Chapter 7 Tours of Heaven and Hell in Apocryphal Literature Chapter 8 The World to Come in Rabbinic Judaism Chapter 9 Visionary Tours of the Afterlife in Medieval Midrash Chapter 10 Immortality of the Soul in Medieval Philosophy Chapter 11 The Afterlife Journey of the Soul in Kabbalah Chapter 12 Death and the Afterlife in Hasidic Tales Chapter 13 A Contemporary Psychological Model of the Afterlife Chapter 14 Afterlife and the Renewal of Jewish Rituals Chapter 15 Notes Chapter 16 Bibliography Chapter 17 Acknowledgments Chapter 18 Index