Simcha Raphael

About The Teacher

SIMCHA RAPHAEL, Ph.D. is Founding Director of the DA’AT Institute for Death Awareness, Advocacy and Training. He received his doctorate in Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and was ordained as a Rabbinic Pastor by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. Adjunct Faculty in Religion and Theology at LaSalle University, he is also a Faculty member of the New York Open Center Art of Dying Institute, and works as a psychotherapist and spiritual director in Philadelphia.  He is author of a number of publications including the ground-breaking Jewish Views of the Afterlife, published in a 25th anniversary edition in 2019. His website is


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