Is the Jewish soul immortal? Yes, tradition teaches us that if the proper procedures are followed, the Jewish soul is immortal. And the immortality is redundant. The soul of a departed loved one lives on in a vertical immortality in heaven and in a horizontal immortality as part of the collective of the Jewish people.
To guarantee the duplex immortality of a soul, a mourner must say the Kaddish prayer for eleven months in the synagogue. As an agent on behalf of our father’s soul, we are completing that process this week for the recitation of the Kaddish for our dad, who passed away last year.
We previously wrote in our book, God’s Favorite Prayers, about the connection between the vertical immortality of the soul and the recitation of the mourner’s Kaddish.
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