The stuff on Aristotle is fascinating. Howerever, GOD SQUAD: You can thank Aristotle for the concept of the soul’s life afterdeath. ends with another question about Heaven, which I loved.
“Q: Something has been irking me for some time, although fortunately it’s not my situation (at least not yet). Here are two scenarios: In the first, Husband A is married to Wife A for 35 years, then Husband A dies. After three years, Wife A meets and marries Husband B. Who does Husband A get to be with in heaven, since Wife A is no longer his spouse? Is he outcast? In the second scenario, Husband A and Wife A get divorced after 35 years. Wife A then marries Husband C, but Husband A never remarries. Now, who does Husband A get to be with in heaven? What happens to any children Husband A and Wife A had when the children pass away? Does Husband A get to be with them? — J., via cyberspace
A: I was never that good at heavenly symbolic logic. I think the answer is, A equals B-C squared. Seriously, I would hope that in heaven the first thing our enlightened and materially unencumbered and purified souls would learn is that there’s always something to love in the people we’ve married.
Since procreation or sex is not an issue in heaven, I believe all souls will have the opportunity to learn the deepest meaning of love while basking in the light of God’s love.”
This gave me a huge laugh. I’ve known about this problem personally, since my mother died in 2004. The nurse pulled me aside, and said, don’t feel bad, I prayed with your mother before she died, and now she is in heaven with all her loved ones. As I walked to my car, I had to see the humor in any idea of a physical heaven. She was not close to her own mother. My parents went through a weird divorce after over 25 years of marriage, and there was a second wife who managed to inherit most of his money. I’m with the Rabbi Marc Gellman on this one.