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. Where does the idea of a political or military redeemer come from?
The Later Prophets
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. Which of these is NOT an example of modern messianism?
Some Chabad Lubavitchers' beliefs about Menachem Mendel Schneerson
Religious Zionist ideals
Question 4. According to Jewish thought, who will be the adversary of the Jewish people in an apocalyptic battle that ushers in true redemption?
The descendants of those who destroyed the Temples
Gog and Magog
The battle will be internal, with Jews fighting against Jews
Question 5. True or false: The mystic Abraham Abulafia didn't just try to bring the Messiah, he tried to become the Messiah.
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. What is the concept of gilgul?
The transmigration of souls from one body to another
The building of a "live" person from clay or mud
The belief that all souls return to God
A person storing their soul in a physical object at the time of death