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  • Yehuda Stolov
    POST MORTEM - LIFE AFTER LIFE (3) ************************************** A Druze View Some 50 people attended on 17 June 2002 the third session of the
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      POST MORTEM - LIFE AFTER LIFE (3)
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      A Druze View

      Some 50 people attended on 17 June 2002 the third session of the
      joint group study about life after life, the session in which the Druze
      view was presented by Prof. Fadel Mansur.
      Prof. Mansur started by describing briefly the background of the Druze
      religion, that grew out of Ismaili Islam in the beginning of the 11th
      century in Egypt. The gates of the Druze religion are closed to new
      believers and the religion is secret - both outwards: its principles are
      not published and its scriptures are not printed; and inward: it is not
      taught but to special individuals. It is a monotheistic religion that
      accepts Yitro as a prophet, forbids alcohol and pork, does not allow
      polygamy and gives equal rights to women in divorce procedures.
      The Druze believe in reincarnation and base that belief on Ecclesiastes 1,
      9: "What was is what will be and there is nothing new under the sun". Each
      species reincarnates in its own. According to the Druze belief at he time
      of death the soul immediately moves to another body, and the reincarnation
      cycle will end in the end of days. Therefore there are no names and
      special signs in cemeteries.
      The presentation was followed by a lively and long discussion.

      * * * * * *


      The concluding session will take place on Monday, 24 June 2002, at 18:30
      in Beit Hillel on Mt. Scopus.

      * Dr. Muhammad Hourani, research fellow in Hartman Institute will
      present the Muslim view.

      After that he will be joined, for a panel discussion, by:
      * Rabbi Dov Maimon, Ph.D. student at Sorbon University
      * Fr. Dr. David Neuhaus, Professor at Bet Jalla Theological
      Seminary


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