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Jewish beliefs on life after death and Jewish Funerals

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AS and A Level Judaism

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Topic 4 GCSE Question

AO1 - Describe the Jewish beliefs about what happens to evil people after death.

Death as a general concept is a very difficult concept to come to grips with; it is one of the very few events that occur in modern life where we do not have primary sources to inform us.

The torah talks about "Every Jew having a portion in the world to come". So we have already established that even the most evil person amongst our ranks will live beside us in the world to come.

The problem in the above paragraph which is talked about a lot in Jewish teachings and literature is weather the evil people will live beside us or weather just like a class divide on the trains in England's past they will be mere peasants in the back carriages.

All sources at hand concur that for those possessed with good that have devoted their lives to mitzvoth the after life will only bring pleasure and the most desirable dreams.

Back to the original question the problem and arguments occur when talking about evil people. During torah

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