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.
- Pinson, DovBer. Reincarnation and Judaism: The Journey of the Soul. Livingston, NJ: Jason Aronson, 1999, pp. 25-123.
- Gillman, Neil. The Death of Death: Resurrection and Immortality in Jewish Thought. Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights Publishing, 1997.
- Raphael, Simcha Paull. Jewish Views of the Afterlife (2nd Ed.). Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2009.
- Raphael, Simcha Paull. The Grief Journey and the Afterlife: Jewish Pastoral Care for Grief and Bereavement. Boulder, CO: Albion-Andalus, 2015.