After One-Hundred-and-Twenty: Reflecting on Death, Mourning, by Hillel Halkin

By Hillel Halkin

After One-Hundred-and-Twenty presents a richly nuanced and deeply own examine Jewish attitudes and practices relating to loss of life, mourning, and the afterlife as they've got existed and developed from biblical instances to at the present time. Taking its name from the Hebrew and Yiddish blessing to reside to a ripe outdated age—Moses is related to were one hundred twenty years previous whilst he died—the e-book explores how the Bible's unique reticence approximately an afterlife gave option to perspectives approximately own judgment and present after loss of life, the resurrection of the physique, or even reincarnation. It examines Talmudic views on grief, burial, and the afterlife, indicates how Jewish techniques to demise replaced within the center a long time with thinkers like Maimonides and within the mystical writings of the Zohar, and delves into things like the origins of the customized of reciting Kaddish for the deceased and ideology approximately encountering the lifeless in visions and dreams.

After One-Hundred-and-Twenty can also be Hillel Halkin's eloquent and disarmingly candid mirrored image on his personal mortality, the deaths of these he has identified and enjoyed, and the relief he has and has now not derived from Jewish tradition.

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