Afterlife & Messiah QuizThe immortality of the soul, the World to Come, the resurrection of the dead, and the Messianic age are all part of Jewish tradition. How much do you know about this area of Jewish belief?
Question 1. According to the Talmud, do non-Jews have a share in the World to Come?
Question 2. In Jewish belief, which of these is not a possibility?
The soul separates from the body
The soul goes straight to heaven
The soul makes a stop in hell (Gehinnom) to purge itself of sins
The soul transmutes into the World to Come
Question 3. True or false: The mystic Abraham Abulafia didn't just try to bring the Messiah, he tried to become the Messiah.
Question 4. Which of the following will not have a place in the World to Come, according to the Midrash on Ecclesiastes?
A and B only
All of these
Question 5. Which Jewish hero did many, including Rabbi Akiba, think would turn out to be the Messiah?
Deborah the Judge
None of these
Question 6. What will the Messianic Era be preceded by, according to almost all Jewish sources?
A single light filling the world, and the sky turning purple
Enormous amounts of suffering, the "birth pangs" of the Messiah
An end to hunger and famine
The giving of the third set of the Ten Commandments
Question 7. According to Maimonides, which is true about the Messiah?
The Messiah will bring world peace
The Messiah will reign over a peaceful and prosperous Israel
The Messiah will undoubtedly be a man
The Messiah will live forever