Who Makes Heaven and Hell?

Once upon a time a man was walking silently in the green darken woods when suddenly he noticed two gates in front of him. Both looked the same and pleasant music was coming to his ears from them.

The man was curious and decided to go along each gate and experience the wonder. At first he approached the first gate where he saw beautiful fruit gardens and evergreen fields.

People were sitting around a great elegant table which looked like the king’s best celebration feast, dressed up nicely, wearing sparkling jewelry and holding in their hands great long-handled spoons:

While they were trying to eat, they couldn’t, because the spoons were too big and too clunky and didn’t match their hands at all.

The man looked into their faces which were covered with beautiful makeup and had been cut up and put up together by the best plastic surgeons and noticed their sad look and their hungry eyes. “This is hell”, thought the man to himself and went out from the first gate.

He inhaled deeply and walked by the other gate. While passing over the threshold he noticed evergreen forests and beautiful flowered gardens, the birds were singing and the butterflies fluttered with their colorful wings.

The atmosphere wrapped him in a scent of myrrh and cinnamon as he noticed a group of people sitting together around a hand made table singing and smiling to each other.

On the table there were few loaves of breads,  different vegetable salads, white cheese and wine. Here, again, the cutlery was very big and clunky. Each one of the members held in his hand a big spoon and fed with it his friend and everybody was smiling.

“Yes”, said the man to himself, “this is definitely heaven”.

So who do you think makes the difference between heaven and hell ?


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About Eti Shani

Eti Shani was born in Israel and has been teaching Hebrew for more than 10 years with a special interest and experience in ancient Hebrew scriptures and culture. She’s also the author of a series of books for novice and intermediate Hebrew learners.

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  • Sylvia Guinan


    This is such a wonderful story & beautifully put together.

    I was discussing a quote about heaven & hell on facebook today, so it was a real surprise to see your story and how it resonates with the views in my group.

    ‎”The mind is its own place and in itself, can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.”
    John Milton .

    The idea of those dinner guests feeding each other with large spoons reminds me of how we edupreneurs help & inspire each other:))

    • Eti Shani

      Thank you, Sylvia, for sharing your experience with us. It is subjected to the individual’s decision weather to use Heaven’s gate or the other. If we could only internalize the fact that on each and every moment we can start from the beginning; change the way we see things, comment in this way or the other, we shall finely understand that we are responsible to picture that we see in front of our eyes:meaning, we carry inside of our brain the little dark chamber (called Camera Obscura) and this Co2 (screens itself through our both eyes) creates our reality 🙂

  • Sylvia Guinan


    I’ve come to the same conclusion on my own strange path, though I’ve never seen it described as ‘camera obscura’….I just love it.

    However, I sometimes hover at some kind of a hybrid door …..maybe that’s part of the learning process?