Does the Soul Survive? 2nd Edition: A Jewish Journey to Belief in Afterlife, Past Lives & Living with Purpose

Does the Soul Survive? 2nd Edition: A Jewish Journey to Belief in Afterlife, Past Lives & Living with Purpose

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Overview

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 concepts—so often approached with reluctance—is 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683360360
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 02/26/2015
Edition description: 2nd Edition
Pages: 288
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 by
Brian L. Weiss, MD xiii
Preface to the Second Edition xv
Acknowledgments xxv
Introduction xxvii

1 Telepathy: A Window on the Soul's Survival 1
2 Near-Death Experiences (NDEs): The Literature 11
3 What Is Soul? 21
4 Survival of the Soul: Judaism's Views 31
5 What Happens After I Die? 39
6 Traditional Judaism on Resurrection of the Dead 47
7 Past-Life Regression: An Introduction 55
8 Training with Dr. Brian Weiss 63
9 Reincarnation: Judaism’s Views 79
10 Tales of Reincarnation: The Role of the Rebbe 93
11 Mediums: Judaism’s Position 99
12 Psychic Gifts of a Medium: James Van Praagh 107
13 Weighing the Evidence 121
14 Discrepancies in Afterlife and Reincarnation Accounts 131
15 The Impact of Affirming the Soul’s Survival 141
16 Cultivating the Soul 153

Conclusion: Live Now Gratefully and Responsibly 163
Appendix: Torah and Immortality of the Soul—A Hot Debate 169
Discussion Guide 191
Notes 197
Glossary 229
Selected Bibliography 235
Index 243

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