A universally accepted principle of Judaism is that the Almighty gives reward for observance of Torah and mitzvos and punishment for their nonobservance. What exactly that reward and punishment consist of is a great unknown to most. In this first of three podcasts on the subject we investigate some puzzling sources regarding Olam Haba – the next world. What is this world all about? Why is it worthy of being the venue for reward? Why ought we yearn to be included in the fraternity of the righteous who merit access to that world?