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Does the Soul Survive?

A Jewish Journey to Belief in Afterlife, Past Lives & Living with Purpose

Rabbi Elie Kaplan Spitz
Foreword by Brian L. Weiss, MD

6 x 9, 288 pp, Paperback, 978-1-58023-165-7

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Near-death experiences? Past-life regression? Reincarnation?
Are these sorts of things
With a blend of candor, personal questioning, and sharp-eyed scholarship, Rabbi Elie Kaplan Spitz relates his own observations and the firsthand accounts shared with him by others, experiences that helped propel his journey from skeptic to believer that there is life after life.
From near-death experiences to reincarnation, past-life memory to the work of mediums, Rabbi Spitz explores what we are really able to know about the afterlife, and draws on Jewish texts to share that belief in these concepts—so often approached with reluctance—is in fact true to Jewish tradition.
“The increasing interest and faith in survival of the soul may grow into a cultural wave that is as potentially transformative for society as the civil rights movement and feminism. A renewed faith in ‘the soul’s journeys’ will call for a reassessment of our priorities, and will enable traditional religions to renew and transform their adherents.”
—from the Introduction
“Whether readers accept Rabbi Spitz’s view about life after death, reject it completely, or remain an agnostic regarding it, readers will enjoy the rabbi’s analyses and the many stories that he tells to support his view, and will be stimulated by the discussions to think more deeply about this and related subjects.”
Jewish Eye
“Very worthwhile…people do not know enough about the Jewish point of view on death and dying, and people need to know that reincarnation and afterlife is a fact. It’s about time and the time is now. This is a brilliant book that keeps you fascinated.”
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
“A wise, moving, carefully thought out and provocative first-person exploration into the immortality of the soul. Indispensable for anyone who has ever wondered about the mysteries of life before and after this one. A beautiful book.”
Lawrence Kushner, rabbi-in-residence, Hebrew Union College; author,
Invisible Lines of Connection: Sacred Stories of the Ordinary
“Rabbi Spitz has taken our most profound human question and given us an exciting journey into religious, historical, and present-day answers…. This inspirational book shows us just how important living our purpose is.”
Carol Adrienne, PhD, author, The Purpose of Your Life
“His initial reticence to believe people’s stories about life after death and past incarnations…gives this book credibility even for skeptical philosophers like me…. Rabbi Spitz has me wondering!”
Rabbi Elliot N. Dorff, PhD, rector and professor of philosophy,
University of Judaism


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