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Judaism and Non-Jews

Idolatry and Non-Jewish Practices

Do Non-Jews go to Heaven?

Question: Do non-Jews go to heaven when they die?

Answer: Non-Jews who aren’t sinners (i.e., who obey the Noahide laws) go to heaven when they die (Talmud, Sanhedrin 102b; Maimonides, Repentance 3:5). When the Mishnah (Sanhedrin 11:1) lists major sinners who have no share in the World to Come, it includes a non-Jew, Bilaam. This implies that ordinary sinners, whether Jewish or not, are subject to the same rules: temporary punishment followed by permanent reward.

Rabbi Azriel Schreiber

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