areteus (areteus) wrote in little_details,
areteus
areteus
little_details

Jewish concepts of hell

Setting: Well, complicated... but character this refers to is a modern day Jew.

Research: Wikipedia and Google on Judaism, Hell, Jewish concepts of hell and similar. Found out a little about what Jewish philosophers and religious commentators think hell is and how that contrasts with the Christian concepts but not really what I am looking for.

Question: My character is a modern day Jew who has been taken from his home, through a portal and into a stereotypical fantasy realm (I am trying for parody not sure if I have managed it yet...). He has been locked in a cell and given to eat what is actually some quite nice meat. However, it is not kosher (its wild boar). So, I have two questions...

1) What do modern, progressive Jews consider to be the penalty for breaking Kosher? Both in the local community (does the Rabbi give you a telling off, does the local community shun you etc?) and in supernatural terms (i.e. do they consider one offense to be a ticket to hell?) If they do not consider it instant damnation, would they exaggerate for effect?

2) What would a modern progressive Jew call hell when talking to a non Jew? Would they simply use 'hell' because it is more likely to be understood by a non Jew as a generic term or would they use something more esoteric like 'gehenna'? Which of the interpretations of hell would they most subscribe to?

Basically, the situation is that my Jewish character is trying to explain why he cannot eat the food and what the penalty will be if he does.
Tags: ~religion: judaism
Subscribe

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    default userpic
    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 61 comments
Previous
← Ctrl ← Alt
Next
Ctrl → Alt →
Previous
← Ctrl ← Alt
Next
Ctrl → Alt →