The Land Down Under(world)

Some Jewish Perspectives on the Afterlife

sinkhole near the dead sea
Does this look like a patch of land that just had a snack? Just wondering.

On Monday, we read Numbers 16:33, about how the Tribe of Reuven

went down alive into Sheol, with all that belonged to them; the earth closed over them and they vanished from the midst of the congregation.


So what is this Sheol, anyway? What happens after the maws of the earth open and slurp you down, exactly?

I thought it might be worthwhile to look at that, and other afterlife-related bits today. (At least: Some of them. There are a Lot Of Afterlife Thoughts in Judaism. Maybe I'll make this an occasional ongoing series?)

Anyway, let's look at some texts, shall we?


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