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In the Bible it is made clear that good is rewarded and evil is punished, yet no clear doctrine on this matter is enunciated. The prophet Jeremiah asks God why evil people prosper while good people suffer. In Talmudic times a new belief attributes reward and punishment to the next world (See Heaven and Hell), which helps explain why one is not always rewarded or punished in this life. To this day, however, this basic human question remains open in Judaism, as in other religions and philosophy.

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