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Afraid of death


Rabbi David Sperling

Nisan 27, 5783
I am 65 years old, and I think about death a lot. I never did before. My husband is orthodox, so when I married him I became orthodox. What does the Torah say about death? Does Hashem want me to be so scared or live my life without fear?
Shalom, Thank you for your question. Firstly, allow me to send you blessings for a good and long life – until 120 in good health! Judaism has a strong belief in the continued life of the soul after death. And beyond that, in the ultimate resurrection of the dead at some point in the future. Because of these two fundamental ideas, a Jew should certainly not live a life of fear of death. Rather, one should live their life knowing that every moment they have in this world while alive is of great value. It gives one the opportunity to perform mitvot and good deeds. (Something that is not able to be done after death). These actions allow one’s soul to grow, and thereby be able to experience a greater blessing and closeness to G-d after death. Additionally, these mitzvot help bring the Messiach closer, and thereby bring closer the time of the revival of the dead. So, without fear of death, but with a joy in the gift of life, one can move through this world with a love and light, that will lead to the greater world to come. Blessings.
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