On this episode of the Seekers of Meaning Podcast, the guest is Rabbi Simcha Raphael, founder of the Da’at Institute, dedicated to advancing Jewish perspectives on death, dying and grief for individuals, families, and communities. He is the author of Jewish Views of the Afterlife, which is celebrating its third edition since originally published in 1994. The book is a unique historical and philosophical study tracing the evolution of ideas about individual postmortem survival in Judaism. Originally published in 1994, this book has become a classic in its time, the most comprehensive examination of life after death in Judaism available in English.
About the Da’at Institute
Da’at Institute is dedicated to death awareness education and professional development training. Working in consultation with synagogues, churches, hospice programs and other community organizations, Da’at Institute provides educational programs on death, dying, bereavement and the spirituality of end-of-life issues and concerns; professional development training to clergy, health care and mental health professionals and educators working with the dying and bereaved; bereavement and hospice support services to individuals and families through counseling, professional referral and bereavement support groups; rituals of transition for dying, burial, bereavement, unveiling and memorialization, helping individuals and families create meaningful rituals of passage; and printed and audio-visual resources on the various facets of dealing with grief and loss, and on the spirituality of death and afterlife.
About Rabbi Simcha Raphael
SIMCHA RAPHAEL, Ph.D., is the Founding Director of the DA’AT INSTITUTE. He has worked as a death awareness educator, bereavement counselor and hospice chaplain for over twenty-five years. Ordained as a Rabbinic Pastor by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, he received a doctorate in Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and has written extensively on the topics of death, bereavement and the afterlife.