Thank you, Gail Katz, for answering our question this week!
Judaism chooses to not focus on the ideas of heaven, hell, and the afterlife and focus instead on the value of human life, which is regarded as sacred. Spending time and drawing conclusions about the specific nature of our relationship with God after our death is not particularly useful or helpful from a theological point of view. Jews feel that emphasizing the specifics of the afterlife is a distraction from the more pressing business of living the kind of life on Earth that God would approve – a life of mercy, justice, and tolerance. Jews are commanded to study the Torah, to engage in worship, and perform good deeds without expecting any rewards in the Afterlife. Righteous living in the here and now is way more important than focusing on what will happen in the Afterlife.