Teaneck Man Tries Selling His Spot in Heaven

Bids reportedly reached almost $100,000 on eBay auction

NORTH JERSEY -- Online auction site eBay has nixed a local man's effort to sell his spot in Jewish Heaven after bids reached nearly $100,000, according to the Jewish Forward.

Ari Mandel, 31, of Teaneck, posted the eBay sale "My Portion in Olam Habaah (Heaven)" on Tuesday with an opening bid of 99 cents, but the auction shot up to $99,900, Forward.com reported. Mandel, who grew up in a Hasidic upstate New York area, said the sale was only a joke.

Mandel said in the report he secured a prime spot in the afterlife through good deeds and offered to return the winner’s money if he slipped up.

According to the report, eBay pulled his sale citing its policy blocking “non-tangible” items. The online auction giant was reportedly flooded with complaints.

“To those of you who took this seriously, chill out. It was just a joke,” he said in an interview with the Forward. “Whether or not you’re a believer in this sort of thing, chill out."

A representative from eBay's media relations office did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

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Tim Wells May 30, 2013 at 11:01 AM
Mr. Mandel, thanks for the hearty laugh. Loved it! And congratulations on your after-life destination.
Legal Notice May 30, 2013 at 11:29 AM
Only a liberal idiot would part with 1 cent from a zip code ending in 666
shimon baum May 30, 2013 at 03:03 PM
If it was all a joke does that mean he wouldn't have taken the money if he was able to get it?
Debbie McIninch May 30, 2013 at 04:16 PM
Hey Legal Notice your zip code is already 666
wemoon May 30, 2013 at 04:20 PM
Hey Leagal notice your zip code is already 666
Robert Grant May 30, 2013 at 04:57 PM
You mean, my only chance of going to heaven is gone. I guess it is up to me, I will have to be a little nicer.
John Santaella May 30, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Since there is no heaven and there is no hell, Jewish or otherwise, Mandy should be charged with perpetrating a fraud.
KIT May 30, 2013 at 06:04 PM
Everyone is going to Heaven, no matter what religion you are. Jesus died on the cross to show the world, that there is life after death. It doesn't matter if you believe it or not. When your time comes, then you will surely believe. No matter how much money you have, none of it will get you into Heaven.
Regal Sloan May 30, 2013 at 07:15 PM
Oh, I am cracking up! What a complete idiot to sell your spot in Heaven, because there is no price that can get you up there! Heaven are for the saints of God, King Jesus, and The Holy Spirit, and if you are not one well you will surely lift your eyes in Hell!
lisa gilbert May 30, 2013 at 07:58 PM
You have no proof that heaven/hell does not exist. The universe and animals/humans are more proof God is real than not. The odds that all of the universe and then on top of that animals and humans just happened by accident is like numbering 1000 coins, putting them in a bag and pulling them out in order. You have to have more faith that it all happened by chance than in a God who designed it.
lisa gilbert May 30, 2013 at 08:01 PM
Jesus said no one comes to the father except by me. I am the way the truth and the life. Not all religions will go to heaven. Jesus is the only way and you have to believe and receive Him. Thankfully it is a free gift.
Dennis Sennett May 30, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Heaven is a free gift, it cannot be earned and no one deserves it. This is called the Grace of God.
ART May 30, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Ryan Castle May 31, 2013 at 05:53 AM
My, how Christian of you.
Ryan Castle May 31, 2013 at 06:16 AM
And Lisa...you have NO empirical evidence and/or proof what so ever that heaven/hell does exist. Your claim that there is because of there being animals, etc., is ridiculous. So, what are the odds of a golf ball landing on any one particular blade of grass? Why that particular one? Odds are one in perhaps billions, yet it happens. If you want to use odds, then odds are there is other life in the universe. It may be microbial, or it may be much, much more advanced than we are. Besides, not everyone is Christian, nor do they have to be. We are not, nor will we EVER be, a theocracy. You talk about "faith." Yet, if there were reasons or evidence that supported your claims of there being a Christian God, then faith would not be necessary. The search for reasons to believe completely betrays any claims of faith.
John Santaella June 02, 2013 at 05:19 PM
@lisa gilbert, and what proof do you have that there is a heaven and a hell? You base what you have on faith. That is not proof. What about religions that do not know who this Jesus was? The only Jesus I know is my lawn maintenance guy.
shimon baum June 03, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Jesus saves................. my lawn.
Nancy Ditmars June 03, 2013 at 03:19 PM
There are folks who have had "near-death" experiences. Being a Christian Minister I remember a former parishioner telling me that his father was in heart surgery years ago and died for several minutes. His father told him that he remembered his spirit coming out of his body, rising up ,and flying through the air upwards to a bright light which turned out to be heaven! He saw his parents and others there. Then he heard a voice tell him that his time was not yet and that he had to go back. His spirit came back and reentered his body. When he came out of the Recovery Room he said to his family what had happened and declared that he would never fear death again, that he knew that he was going to heaven, that heaven was a beautiful and wonderful place, and that God loved him. We all have this to look forward to if we have been a loving person, I believe.
John Santaella June 03, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Nice story but that's all it is, a story.
Shirley June 04, 2013 at 01:06 AM
And here's me thinking that Christ was a bit more charitable than that.


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