Reb Simcha Rafael, Ph.D.

Reb Simcha Raphael, Ph.D. is Founding Director of the DA’AT Institute for Death Awareness, Advocacy and Training. Currently, Simcha works as a psychotherapist and spiritual director in Philadelphia and has served as Adjunct Professor in Religion at LaSalle University and Temple University, and as a Spiritual Director at Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Ordained as a Rabbinic Pastor by Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, he is author of numerous publications on death and afterlife, including the groundbreaking book Jewish Views of the Afterlife and the recently-published Jewish End-of-Life Care in a Virtual Age: Our Traditions Reimagined. His website is


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