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Two months ago my brother-like friend and co-worker, Sean Trank, asked me to write something about heaven for others to read. In light of his recent passing, I honor his request today.
Many people do not believe in a literal heaven so for them, the question “Who goes there?” is moot. The late Dr. Louis Goldberg once told of the time that he went into the store of a Jewish proprietor:
What childhood images do the High Holidays stir in your memory? I remember my impatience over the seemingly endless synagogue services balanced with the excitement of knowing something special was happening. Then there was the unusual sight of Jews in uniform, piling in from a nearby naval base to worship with us. They helped pack […]
Some believe that we are the same as other Jews and have merely added our faith in Jesus as an extension of Judaism. This is not true! Our faith in Yeshua causes us to be different in many ways, and those differences are not insignificant. They are matters of life and death.… I was too […]
Rodger Kamenetz. San Francisco: Harper San Francisco, 1994. x, 304 pages. $20.00, cloth. In 1990, the Jewish poet Rodger Kamenetz traveled with a group of Jewish delegates to Dharamsala, a remote hill town in northern India, in order to dialogue with the Dalai Lama. The Jew in the Lotus describes his experiences on this journey. […]
Former New York Yankees manager Joe McCarthy had a dream in which he was in heaven and had assembled before him a baseball team of old time greats—Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, et al. He was ecstatic! Then the phone rang and it was Satan calling to challenge the heavenly baseball team to a ball game. […]
All who have fallen asleep in hope of Him shall rise again. — Apocrypha: II Baruch, 30.2 New Agers have popularized the idea of afterlife, out of body experiences and reincarnation. There is a plethora of material for those who want to know more about what happens on the other side of the grave. A […]
I didn’t use to believe in any kind of an eternal existence. Still there was always that possibility that there may be another place where we’re going to be accountable, so I tried to live in light of that. I knew that there was a God. When I was 47 years old (16 years ago) […]
Death. Can any experience be more final? Obituary notices placed in the Jerusalem Post read: Sarah is no more.” “Jacob has departed from us.” These words, while not intended to cause consternation, leave a person empty, haunted with the question: “Where did they go? Where will I go? Who can know?” Most people rationalize the […]
Through Death’s Door—and Back! by Lyn Mann This article originally appeared in ISSUES 3:3 I was a very fortunate person. I had a loving husband, children who were a source of joy and satisfaction, a beautiful home, a profession as a teacher who loved teaching. Most importantly, I had a relationship with God. To me, […]
Is there life after death? Throughout history, men of every nation and culture have been intrigued with this notion. The Jewish Scriptures, the Tenach,have a great deal to say about life, resurrection and eternity. For most of my life I believed once someone died, that was it—six feet under the ground and a state of […]