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Does the Soul Survive?

Does the Soul Survive?” (A Jewish Journey to Belief in Afterlife, Past Lives & Living With Purpose) is Rabbi Elie Kaplan Spitz’s extremely thought-provoking book. We travel with him on his steps towards awareness.

Does the Soul Survive? is a compilation of experiences from firsthand accounts that were told to him by others, from experiences his own wife had, to his own experiences with a friend who is dying, and other experience of his own, the book will leave you considering the role that the “afterlife” and the role that “past lives” play in your current life.

Through Rabbi Spitz’s own observations and his participation with individuals (both living and dying), he has documented events that border on the conscious and subconscious levels of these individuals. Their souls are brought forth. Through his exploration of whether immortality of the soul is actual, his writing is stimulating, yet written with sensitivity to the issues within Judaism, regarding eternal life. Rabbi Spitz manages to combine emotions, subconscious thinking, spiritual beliefs and logic within the pages.

He doesn’t force his opinion or his finding on anyone, but rather gently tries to evoke us to consider his information with an open mind, and not with a narrow one. The pages are filled with inspiration and purpose. For him, the end result would be for each reader to search for meaning, both in Judaism and daily life. He realizes the problems within the theory of soul-survival, yet, in my opinion Elie Kaplan Spitz has achieved his goal with his insightful, and inspiring Does the Soul Survive?.

“Elegantly written . . . Rabbi Elie Spitz’s ‘journey’ will inspire its readers to follow his example and search for what is meaningful in Jewish life and learning.”…Elie Wiesel

I personally own and have read this book. Does the Soul Survive? was given to me by a friend in 2004, during the period when my mother was dying.  After his wife had died, it had been given to him by a friend. After reading the book, I returned it to him, and bought my own copy.

~~Book Diva

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Spook, By Mary Roach

Spook, by Mary Roach…I give it Five Stars!

“This is a book for people who would like very much to believe in a soul and in an afterlife for it to hang around in, but who have trouble accepting these things on faith.”

Mary Roach, the author of Stiff, bring us another cleverly written book, investigating the question of what happens when we die, is it over…kaput, what about our essence/personality, does the soul survive, in an afterlife? With humor, wit, personal curiosity, involvement in a course on Mediumship, and scientific theory and fact, her own curiosity tries to answer that question. She tries to bring science and faith together, within a happy medium, so that they can coexist together in harmony, in the here and now, and thereafter.

From her Christian upbrining, to the science lab, Roach has always been curious about the line between faith and science, and has formed her own opinions. In Spooked, she tries to prove, or disprove them, through her research on death, dying, the afterlife, the near-death experience, and the whole damn issue. Are near-death experiences psychological, neurological, or out-of-body? Does the soul survive, live on eternally, in another realm? She never fails to evoke humor, in the right sentences, making us literally laugh out loud. She gives us insight into documented soul-searchers from the past, right up to the present, including the scams, schemes, seance table-manipulators, scientists, Mediums, and other assorted characters (some who try to milk money out of their clients, and those who truly believe that they are Mediums). We are witness to her soul-searching journey through time,

Roach writes with a candid and humorous style, bringing us a smart, balanced, fun and vivid read, while at the same time, trying to answer the age old question of whether there is life after death, whether we truly have a soul, and does the soul survive, once the physical body dies? Her wit survives the pages, as she exposes her own soul through humor, giving us a read filled with entertainment.

Read “Spook” and tell me what you think.

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