Thursday, March 27, 2014

Afterlife, The Jewish View - Where Are We Headed?

Do you lay awake at night wondering what comes next? Has someone close to you recently passed on and caused you to think about where exactly they passed on to...? Afterlife written by Jonathan Morgenstern and based on the teachings of Rabbi Sholom Kamenetsky, will answers those questions and more. 

Judging the Book by its Cover -  a first glance review:

This cover is brilliant! Life is a road, with a curve or two, but we can't see where it is headed. All we can see is the powerful sun that shines on us from beyond the horizon. That is a great metaphor for the afterlife, the World to Come, etc.

Some Details I Liked:

This book is well sourced. It has footnotes as applicable on the pages, as well as a Hebrew appendix in the back of the book.
It has clear sub-titles and charts to help ensure that the information is easily understood. 

Who This Book is For:

I felt that this book was pretty much inline with what I learned in Bais Yaakov and grew up with since. Therefore, I'd recommend it for someone with less of a strong Jewish education. It is also the perfect read before speaking with people who might ask about the seemingly abstract concept of the afterlife.

Who This Book Isn’t For:  

This book is written with the Jewish view and the Jewish view only. I would not share it with a non-Jew, just because its not relevant.  

What I Didn’t Like/Would Have Made it Better: 

There were some inconsistencies in the ways terms were written. Some had the sefardy/modern taf, while others used the ashkenazy saf. Its not a big deal, but the pronunciation does have an impact on the intended audience, so it should be one way or the other. 

In Conclusion:  

This book explains the Afterlife based on 3,000 years of Jewish tradition and scholarship, in just over 100 pages. It is also newly available in paperback.