Special Saturday Morning Torah Study on Death and Dying with Reb Simcha Raphael
Saturday, January 18, 2020
9:30 - 11:30 am
Schaefer Family Campus
“Do Not Go Gentle into the Night”: Moses’ Death in Torah and Midrash
Exploring Moses’ response to his own death, we see that he did not “go gentle into the night” but did “rage, rage against the dying of the light.” In seeing the ways Moses argued and bargained with G!d—going through the stages of dying described by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross—we’ll learn guidelines for compassionately helping others go through the end-of-life journey.
Exploring Jewish View of the Afterlife: Contemporary Implications
Does Judaism believe in the afterlife? Yes! But in contemporary Jewish life, we have lost touch with Jewish wisdom on the afterlife. This session will explore Judaism's teachings on life after death, particularly in Kabbalah, and discover the connection between Jewish teachings on the afterlife and traditional Jewish death rituals.
Reb Simcha Raphael, Ph.D. is Founding Director of the DA’AT Institute for Death Awareness, Advocacy and Training (www.daatinstitute.net). Adjunct Faculty in Religion and Theology at LaSalle University, he works as a psychotherapist and spiritual director in Philadelphia. He has written extensively on death and afterlife and is author of Jewish Views of the Afterlife.