Lunch & Learn: Exploring Jewish Views of the Afterlife

Aug/07 12:15 pm -
Aug/07 01:45 pm

Gratz College Reading Room

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 12:15pm to 1:45pm

Gratz College Reading Room

Exploring Jewish Views of the Afterlife
Lunch & Learn

Does Judaism believe in the afterlife? Unequivocally, the answer is yes! We shall explore Judaism’s teachings on life after death, particularly in the traditions of Kabbalah –Jewish mysticism. Through discussion, story-telling and an examination of mystical texts, we shall endeavor to understand the relevance of these teachings in dealing with end-of-life concerns today. We shall also discover the connection between ancient teachings on life after death and contemporary Jewish death rituals.

Reb Simcha Raphael, Ph.D. is Founding Director of the DA’AT Institute for Death Awareness, Advocacy and Training. He is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Religion and Theology at LaSalle University, and Faculty on the New York Open Center’s Art of Dying Institute. He works as a psychotherapist and bereavement counselor, affiliated with Mount Airy Counseling Center, in Philadelphia, and is also a Fellow of the Rabbis Without Borders network. Ordained as a Rabbinic Pastor by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, he is author of the ground-breaking classic, Jewish Views of the Afterlife. His website is