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Topic: Heaven Without Dying

Chaim Lichtenstein from New York, New York wrote:

Dear Rabbi,

Besides Elijah and Chanoch, who else went to heaven without dying?


Dear Chaim Lichtenstein,

Tractate Derech Eretz Zuta lists nine people who entered Gan Eden alive: Chanoch, Eliezer servant of Avraham, Eliyahu, Mashiach, Chiram the king of Tzur, Eved the king of Kushi, Yaavetz the son of Rabbi Yehudah HaNassi, Batya the daughter of Pharaoh and Serach the daughter of Asher (granddaughter of Yaakov). According to some, Yehoshuah ben Levi should be included in this list.

Sources:

  • Tractate Derech Eretz Zuta 1


     
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