From: "Alice K. Turner"
Subject: Re: (urth) Orthodox Jewish afterlife (was Re: Scylla & Oreb) Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2002 03:15:02 -0400 ----- Original Message ----- From: "Adam Stephanides" > on 4/20/02 7:13 AM, Alice K. Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org 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). Thanks, Adam--that'll teach me to rely on the veracity of a Jewish friend who isn't religious. I should looked it up myself. But it *is* true that Jews don't bang on about it the way Christians do. -alga --