A History of the Jews by Paul Johnson

By Paul Johnson

A countrywide bestseller, this terrific 4000 yr survey covers not just Jewish historical past yet he influence of Jewish genius and mind's eye at the international. through the writer of Modern occasions: the realm From the Twenties to the Eighties.

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Titled. " They-the Egyptians-thought he--Jacob-died; however, in truth he was still alive. 43. Safer Chassidim (Jerusalem: Mochon Reshonim), chapter 1143. 42 REINCARNATION A N D 1UDAlSM time than is normal, in order for his body to have its appropriate refinements (punishments), the punishment being the pain he suffers being decomposed. He explains elsewhere4" that it is not that the dead body actually feels any of the physical punishment that it receives, for they are done to the lifeless body, rather, the punishment is a psychological anguish which the soul suffers on seeing its earthly form being punished and demoralized by decomposition.

When the soul is finally elevated and returns to its source, which does it receive? The punishment, or the reward? It seems unfair that the soul which existed within a righteous person would be punished for the deeds of a later incarnation and vice versa. Another dilemma posed in the responsa (which is also one of the more common confusions regarding reincarnation) concerns the resurrection of the dead. If a soul has multiple incarnations, and each time the body which houses the soul is a completely new person, which of these persons, or bodies, will be the one which resurrects?

Derech HaShem, part 1, chapter 3. 58. The Master Kabbalist Rabbi Yoseph Gikatalia (1248-1323), Shaarey Orah, Shar 8. See also Pardess Rimonim, 8:9, 23:3. Likutei Torah, 4:88. Chesed lelAvraham (Jerusalem: Yerid HaSefarim), part 5, chapter 52. 59. Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi. Likutei Torah (New York: Kehot Publication Society, 1996), Parshat Tzav, p. 11. 60. See in numerous places in the Talmud, for instance, Pesachim 50a. 61. See The Last Days of Socrates (London: Penguin Books, 1993). The Phaedo, p.

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