By Hillel Halkin
After One-Hundred-and-Twenty offers a richly nuanced and deeply own examine Jewish attitudes and practices concerning demise, mourning, and the afterlife as they've got existed and developed from biblical instances to this day. Taking its identify from the Hebrew and Yiddish blessing to dwell to a ripe outdated age—Moses is expounded to were a hundred and twenty years previous whilst he died—the publication explores how the Bible's unique reticence approximately an afterlife gave technique to perspectives approximately own judgment and gift after demise, the resurrection of the physique, or even reincarnation. It examines Talmudic views on grief, burial, and the afterlife, indicates how Jewish ways to demise replaced within the center a while 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 recognized and enjoyed, and the relief he has and has no longer derived from Jewish tradition.
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