Orthodox Judaism/Death


Do we have an appointed time of death according to scriptures? Meaning basically is our death and number of days on earth predetermined?

Hi Danne,

Thanks for the question.
I do not know if in scripture per se there is a clear statement in this regard.
However this concept certainly exists in Jewish thought. Primarily in kabbalistic sources.
That a person has a specific number of preordained days in his life.
That said, the power of prayer is such that it can extend a person's preordained life. And vice versa, the power of sin is such that it can also shorten it.
The most important thing to focus on is that it is not the length of the days that matter but rather the depth and meaning that we infuse in them.

Take care.


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Tzvi Frank


As a scholar of Judaic Studies & Ethics for close to 25 years, I am happy to answer any of your questions regarding Jewish Law and its meaning as well as general Jewish philosophy. Thousands of years of Jewish religious scholarship teaches us to always ask questions. From the Talmud to this very day, scholars have been consistently questioning premises and concepts that exist in Jewish thought. Never be afraid to ask! The answer may change your life. I will not answer questions pertaining to Christianity or Jesus.


I have been a scholar of Jewish Studies & Ethics for close to 25 years and I have been responding to online questions for close to 10 years.

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B.A. in Judaica Studies and Ethics.

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