MYTHS OF IMMORTALITY: PART 3
The three-part series into religions and their beliefs in the afterlife comes to a close with the Abrahamic traditions. The conversation begins with NYU’s Islamic Chaplain where Moss revisits the draw to change his life and become a chaplain. Still faithless, he talks with a mystic Rabbi who literally wrote the book on the Jewish beliefs in the afterlife. In this surprise ending, Moss takes the biggest leap of faith yet.
RABBI SIMCHA RAPHAEL
Rabbi Simcha Raphael, is Founding Director of the DA’AT Institute for Death Awareness, Advocacy and Training. He is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Religion and Theology at LaSalle University and Faculty on the New York Open Center’s Art of Dying Institute. He works as a psychotherapist and spiritual director, affiliated with Mount Airy Counseling Center, in Philadelphia, and is also a Fellow of the Rabbis Without Borders network.
He is the author of numerous publications on death and afterlife including the groundbreaking Jewish Views of the Afterlife, published in a 3rd (25th anniversary) edition in 2019. His website is www.daatinstitute.net.
IMAM KHALID LATIF
Imam Khalid Latif is Executive Director and Chaplain (Imam) for the Islamic Center at New York University (NYU). In 2005, Imam Latif was appointed the first Muslim chaplain at NYU. At NYU, Khalid initiated his vision for a pluralistic American Muslim community, rooted on campus and reaching out to the city. In 2006, Imam Latif was appointed the first Muslim chaplain at Princeton University. In 2007, Imam Latif's position was fully institutionalized at New York University, and so he committed himself to that institution and the building of a Muslim life institution. Today's Islamic Center is a leader among American Muslim organizations, uniquely shaped to contribute to the future of Muslim practice in the West.