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Dear Rabbi: Any words of wisdom on last week’s tragedy in Meron? I am having such a hard time processing it. Like, how could such a tragedy happen on the day when so many people stopped dying? The first thought that went through my mind was, "God, You gave us coronavirus and we weren't together all last year. This year, the rabbis who are Your messengers, said it's okay to be together, and this happens?" I just feel numb and I know the Jews are resilient people and we will make it through this, but I am having a hard time processing it now... Thanks and Good Shabbos.

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Most of the gentiles in the world have never heard about 7 noahide laws. There are some jews who have never learned Torah. How about mitzvah and sin by ones who do not know Torah and Judaism? Are sins and mitzvahs by whom don't even know Torah punished and rewarded?

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What are the various Jewish views on the afterlife and who qualifies for what eternal state, if any? This question came up in my Christian bible study, and I did not have a good answer. If you want to point me to some authoritative views, I would appreciate it. BTW, my password is Isaiah 53. I thought you may find that intriguing. Shalom! JOHN