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by Rabbi Stephen M. Wylen, Temple Beth Tikvah, Wayne, NJ
Judaism permits a variety of beliefs concerning life after death. Some of our Talmudic Sages believed that the souls of the righteous are kept in a treasury under the throne of God. Others believed that the righteous sit on thrones, enjoying the heavenly light that shines from the Blessed Holy One.
Discussing Death With Children
by Rabbi Lawrence S. Zierler, Jewish Center of Teaneck, Teaneck, NJ
If there are any" rules" for talking with children about death, they may be summarized as follows:
1. Always tell your child the truth or as much of the truth as possible, rather than something fanciful that he or she will have to unlearn at a later date. At the same time, do not let the popular emphasis on demythologizing death inhibit you from talking to your child in terms of the numerous beautiful, traditional Jewish beliefs about death.
A Practical Guide to Preparing For Death
by Rabbi Shammai Engelmayer, Temple Israel Community Center, Teaneck, NJ
No one likes to think about dying. Even less does anyone want to think about the high cost of dying, or any of the other "end-of-life" issues.