Near-death experiences? Past-life regression? Reincarnation? Are these sorts of things Jewish ?
"Belief in survival of the soul goes against the scientific model, which assumes that all phenomena are physical, are grounded in time, can be measured and have a rational explanation. Although there is no proof of heaven, there is evidence worthy of careful examination.... I invite you to read the many stories ahead that convey my own deliberations in the jury box and encourage you to come to your own conclusions."from the Preface
Includes discussion guide for book clubs and study groups.
With candor, questioning and sharp-eyed scholarship, Rabbi Elie Kaplan Spitz recounts personal experiences and the ﬁrsthand accounts others have shared with him, which propelled his own journey from skeptic to believer that, indeed, the soul does survive bodily death.
From near-death experiences to reincarnation, past-life memory to the work of mediums, Rabbi Spitz explores what we are really able to know about the afterlife, and draws on Jewish texts to share that belief in these conceptsso often approached with reluctanceis in fact true to Jewish tradition.
In this updated second edition, Rabbi Spitz looks squarely at both sides of the issues, addressing, for example, the discrepancies in afterlife and reincarnation accounts. A new preface explains the impact the book had when first published and the ongoing conversation about the nature of our existence that has resulted.
|Publisher:||Turner Publishing Company|
|Edition description:||2nd Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 3.00(d)|
About the Author
Rabbi Elie Kaplan Spitz is the author of Healing from Despair: Choosing Wholeness in a Broken World and Does the Soul Survive? A Jewish Journey to Belief in Afterlife, Past Lives & Living with Purpose (both Jewish Lights). A spiritual leader and scholar specializing in topics of spirituality and Judaism, he teaches, writes and speaks to a wide range of audiences. He has served as the rabbi of Congregation B'nai Israel in Tustin, California, for more than a decade and is a member of the Rabbinical Assembly Committee of Law and Standards.
Brian L. Weiss, MD, the nation's foremost expert on past-life regression therapy, is chairman emeritus of psychiatry at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami.
Table of Contents
Foreword byBrian L. Weiss, MD xiiiPreface to the Second Edition xvAcknowledgments xxvIntroduction xxvii
1 Telepathy: A Window on the Soul's Survival 12 Near-Death Experiences (NDEs): The Literature 113 What Is Soul? 214 Survival of the Soul: Judaism's Views 315 What Happens After I Die? 396 Traditional Judaism on Resurrection of the Dead 477 Past-Life Regression: An Introduction 558 Training with Dr. Brian Weiss 639 Reincarnation: Judaism’s Views 7910 Tales of Reincarnation: The Role of the Rebbe 9311 Mediums: Judaism’s Position 9912 Psychic Gifts of a Medium: James Van Praagh 10713 Weighing the Evidence 12114 Discrepancies in Afterlife and Reincarnation Accounts 13115 The Impact of Affirming the Soul’s Survival 14116 Cultivating the Soul 153
Conclusion: Live Now Gratefully and Responsibly 163Appendix: Torah and Immortality of the SoulA Hot Debate 169Discussion Guide 191Notes 197Glossary 229Selected Bibliography 235Index 243