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Re: Theos-World Search "GILGOOLEM" (Re the Jewish people and afterlife)

Apr 07, 2002 06:57 PM
by Steve Stubbs

--- Bart Lidofsky <> wrote:
> Most Jews believe
> in a Paradise and an equivalent of the Catholic
> Purgatory (but no Hell).

Thanks for your as usual interesting comments.

The ZOHAR teaches that there is a hell, but that the
damned can spend no more than twelve months there. 
Whether that is to be taken literally as twelve months
of wall clock time is unclear, but rabbi Gershom seems
to interpret it that way and said that Hitler could
only be in hell for that long.

That seems like a rawtha light sentence to me. We
imprison people for longer than that in this world for
speaking too loudly in a restaurant. I suspect the
original writer meant it not to be taken as a literal
solar year.

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