Afterlife Journey of the Soul in Jewish Mysticism

  • A Talk by Rabbi Simcha Raphael

    April 30th

    Guest_Scholar - Sunday

    Time - 10:30am

    Please join us for a talk by Rabbi Simcha Raphael! Breakfast will be served. Sponsored by David and Naomi Balto.

    Does Judaism believe in the afterlife? Unequivocally, the answer is yes! However, today many are unaware of traditional Jewish wisdom on life after death. This presentation explores Judaism’s afterlife teachings, particularly in Jewish mysticism.  We shall discover the connection between Jewish afterlife teachings and the cycle of Jewish death rituals, and endeavor to understand the relevant applications and implications of these teachings for the contemporary Hevra Kaddisha,and for supporting those dealing with bereavement.

    Rabbi Raphael is a leading scholar of "Jewish Views of the Afterlife" (which is also the title of his seminal text on the subject) and the founder of the Da'at Institute for Death Awareness.  Rabbi Raphael is on the adjunct faculty of La Salle University and Bryn Athyn College, and has taught at Temple University and has been a spiritual director at Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia.  He also maintains a psychotherapy practice specializing in bereavement issues. He has authored several basic texts for end of life -- such as May the Angels Carry you -- Jewish Prayers and Meditations for the Deathbed  (2016). His website is a resource for end of life issues.

    If you are able to attend this program, please RSVP to David Balto, who is coordinating this conference, at

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