Treinta y un anos tardara en ser editado el primer manuscrito de Gradowski, bajo el titulo de In haares fun gehinnom
, en Jerusalen, en el ano 1977, mientras que el segundo lo hara, en solitario, y de una manera integral, en Francia en el ano 2001.
Part of the discussion involved a rather unique eschatological concept of a 12 month period of punishment during which the body is in Gehinnom
, perhaps better known as Gehenna, and the soul ascends and descends between heaven and that nether world.
According to Christian culture, demonic possession depended on the will of a demon that owned a body without any relation to the possessed, while according to Jewish culture, and for Vital and Luria in particular, souls of the evil dead could not enter Gehinnom
, so they possessed another body for vengeance.
This reciprocal effect is illustrated in the Talmudic story that shows Abraham sitting at the entrance to hell; when Israelites that had the mark of this covenant approached, he would prevent their descent into Gehinnom
Said [Acher] to him: Rabbi Akiva, thy master did not explain it thus, but [as follows]: He created righteous, and created wicked; He created the Garden of Eden, and created Gehinnom
In the Akeda of Treblinka, the innocent victim's (Korban) mother who entered the gas chamber did not suffer pains of Gehinnom
, for "she was living in another, heavenly atmosphere which sweetened her suffering.
64) Mathias Delcor has noted that the positioning of the gate, above the `veritable precipice' of Gehinnom
, is unexpected and suggests that the gate may have had somewhat unusual origins.
In his comment on Genesis 37:35, Rashi says that the plain meaning of Sheol is "grave", and that homiletically it is Gehinnom