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Afterlife & Messiah Quiz

The 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. 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


Question 2. According to the Mishnah, who "brings a child into the World to Come"?
 His or her parents
 His or her teacher
 His or her siblings
 His or her previous incarnations


Question 3. Which belief is expounded by Maimonides in his "Essay on the Resurrection"?
 People will only be resurrected as noncorporeal souls
 People will be resurrected as souls with everlasting bodies
 People will be resurrected in body form, but will eventually die again
 People will be resurrected in the bodies of great Jewish leaders


Question 4. The most forthright biblical prophecy concerning life after death--" Many of those that sleep in the dust of the earth will awake, some to eternal life, others to reproaches, to everlasting abhorrence"--appears in which book?


Question 5. According to the Talmud, do non-Jews have a share in the World to Come?


Question 6. Which of these is a Jewish belief about heaven?
 All people go there.
 Only Jews can go there.
 In Heaven, the righteous will study Torah with God.
 Both our bodies and souls are transmuted into Heaven.


Question 7. According to Isaac Luria's theology, what will bring the Messiah?
 Tikkun olam (the healing of the world)
 Intense prayer and meditation
 Effective communication
 Ascetic living