• January 30, 2023
  • 8 5783, Shevat
  • פרשת בא

Olam Haba

Olam Haba

Olam Habah, The World to Come, is often mentioned across the gamut of Jewish texts. Join Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman and explore what the great sages say about this concept. How, if at all, does it affect everything a Jew does. Can one really lose his portion? 

December 24, 2020 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Olam Haba: Lesson
Class description

Hello Everyone.

“Olam Habah”- “The World to Come” is a fascinating idea. What does it mean in Judaism? We will discuss what it means to various authorities. In today’s class we will study a true-to-life question: Is it possible to buy and sell palces in the World to Come?

I look forward to studying with you

Stuart Fischman

December 30, 2020 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Olam Haba: Lesson
Class description

Hello Everyone,

Last week we learned the Rambam’s writings on Olam Habah. The Rambam holds that the ultimate reward is in the existence of the נפש after death.

Many, many authorities disagreed vehemently with the Rambam, primarily because they felt that the Rambam was giving short shrift to the existence of the righteous in the world of resurrection.

So tomorrow we will study what Rav Sadiah Gaon wrote about the resurrection as being the existence of final reward. Of course Rav Sadiah Gaon lived many years before the Rambam but I think that it is his view on the subject that represents the view of the Rambam’s opponents.

Rav Sadiah Gaon’s teaching on this subject is to be found in chapters 6-9 of his book הנבחר באמונות ודעות. The book was written in Judeo-Arabic and I am posting the relevant pages from the translation of Rav Kaffach zt”l.


January 6, 2021 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Olam Haba: Lesson
Class description

In the previous two sessions we discussed the Rambam and Rav Sadiah Gaon and their ideas regarding Olam Haba as the final reward for those who merit this reward.

Today we will discuss the punishment of those who are not worthy.

Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman graduated from Yeshiva University in 1980 and the dental school of Columbia University in 1985. In 1989 he began studying and teaching at Yeshivat Hamivtar and now studies and teaches at Yeshivat Machanaim in Efrat. He has rabbinic ordination from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg.