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. Which of the blessings in the Amidah testifies to the belief in the Messiah?
The blessing "Avot," for the forefathers
The blessing "Shield of Abraham," for the Chosen one
The blessing "Gevurot," for God's "mightiness" in reviving the dead
The blessing "Rofei," for healing the pain of death
Question 2. Where does the idea of a political or military redeemer come from?
The Later Prophets
Question 3. 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 4. Which Jewish hero did many, including Rabbi Akiba, think would turn out to be the Messiah?
Deborah the Judge
None of these
Question 5. Which is true of Maimonides' conception of the World to Come?
Both humans and animals reside there
It was a paradise of the senses, not an intellectual one
It was an intellectual paradise
It is a temporary rest from eternal torture
Question 6. What is a gilgul?
A small forest demon
The Hebrew term for a reincarnated soul
The desert in which souls reside before resurrection
The time between death of the body and death of the soul
Question 7. In rabbinic literature, the soul goes through three stages after death. Which of these is not one of those stages?
The dwelling of the soul in heaven
The Messianic age on Earth
The resurrection of the dead
A "time delay" between physical death and what comes next