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Thursday, May 30, 2013

eBay nixes $100,000 bid for Jewish spot in Olam Habaah (Heaven)

Want to make sure you land a spot in heaven?

No need to bother yourself with fulfilling commandments or doing good deeds. But it’s definitely going to cost you plenty.

Bidders flooded eBay with bids for “My Portion in Olam Habaah (Heaven),” which had been listed for sale by a Jewish man from Teaneck, N.J. The price started at 99 cents and skyrocketed within hours to nearly $100,000.

Then the online auction giant took down the listing, citing rules that require items for sale must be “tangible.”

The seller gives his name as Rachmuna Litzlon, which means “God save us” in Aramaic. In real life, his name is Ari Mandel, and even though he has left the Orthodox world, he vows that he has accumulated enough good deeds to ensure a prime spot in the hereafter.

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