JES 509-2 Jewish Views of the Afterlife II: Mythic and Mystical Teachings on the Post-Mortem Journey of the Soul

Faculty: Reb Simcha Raphael (Profile)

ABOUT THE COURSE

This course is a continuation of Jewish Views of the Afterlife I and investigates diverse textual traditions of Judaism’s teachings on the afterlife journey of the soul. We explore the various stages and phases of the post-mortem journey of the soul, in particular the medieval Midrash, Kabbalah and Hasidism. We also begin to explore the practical applications of teachings on the afterlife journey of the soul in pastoral work with the dying and bereaved. Students are encouraged to use the texts explored in this course to help develop their own contemporary philosophy of death and the afterlife.
 
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