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Question for the Jewish mommies...

I was recently told that Jews do not believe in Hell. So, what do you believe happens to bad people or non-Jews when they die?

I'm not trying to start any drama, I really wanna know.


Asked by Anonymous at 6:48 PM on Jun. 1, 2011 in Religion & Beliefs

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Answers (5)
  • Contrary to other religion, we Jews don't believe Heaven is exclusive for us. Quite the contrary. Non-Jews have to observe 7 laws, called the "Noahide Laws" in order to achieve "salvation". We Jews have to observe all of the 613 commandments that are applicable to each of us.
    This is really one of the reasons why Orthodox Judaism doesn't really encourage conversion. A person wanting to convert is giving up a pretty much assured place in the World to Come for observing 7 laws to have to observe hundreds of laws.
    We believe G-d created us all and He also allows those different paths to Him to exist. So it's only logical that those other paths are valid for the different peoples.
    Ultimately, it's our actions in this world that count for the quality of our afterlife, or for our return for another correction.


    Answer by momto2boys973 at 2:42 PM on Jun. 3, 2011

  • Most of the Jewish side of my family would say, "When you die, you die." They tend more to focus on life and being a good person for the sake of all fellow men and women.

    Answer by ImaginationMama at 7:18 PM on Jun. 1, 2011

  • As far as we (my family and I, we lean closer to the Reform side of Judaism) believe, we focus on the deeds in this life and do not believe that good ones gain us automatic entrance to a place called Heaven or that a bad deed will condemn us to a place called Hell.

    Answer by tracylynnr67 at 8:40 PM on Jun. 1, 2011

  • google jewish religion.. im sure it could tell you... im a jew but i dont practice.. sry no help

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:51 PM on Jun. 1, 2011

  •  The following is from Judaism is primarily focused on life here and now rather than on the afterlife, Judaism does not have much dogma about the afterlife, and leaves a great deal of room for personal opinion. It is possible for an Orthodox Jew to believe that the souls of the righteous dead go to a place similar to the Christian heaven, or that they are reincarnated through many lifetimes, or that they simply wait until the coming of the messiah, when they will be resurrected. Likewise, Orthodox Jews can believe that the souls of the wicked are tormented by demons of their own creation, or that wicked souls are simply destroyed at death, ceasing to exist.



    Answer by balagan_imma at 7:07 PM on Jun. 1, 2011