World Faiths & Religions

Frequently Asked Questions

Do Jews believe in Heaven and Hell?

Among Jews there is certainly endless speculation about what happens after death, but, as with most anything concerning the future, Judaism offers no certainty. The notion that if one obeys God's commands, then one is rewarded, and if not, one is punished, is a much more nuanced concept across the spectrum of Jewish thought. Over the millennia the idea of Olam Ha-Ba, the World to Come, has been developed in rabbinic thought. That the world to come is some sort of destination is clear; but what happens there? What do we do there? Some see it as a true "address," the place where we will arrive. But for others it is a concept, the result of resting in peace.