This is the orthodox talking about hell when they are doing public relations.
'When a person dies, his soul gets a chance to 'think objectively' about his lifetime spent on earth. Depending on how the person spent his lifetime, this can be a painful process in which the soul mourns its bad deeds, lost opportunities and wasted potential or it can be a process of joy in which the soul delights in its closeness to G-d. Ultimately, the gehinom process is temporary, and eventually enables the person to enjoy the benefits of all the good things he did during his lifetime." (from http://ohr.edu/ask_db/ask_main.php/132/Q2/)
This is the orthodox talking about hell when they are doing their scare tactics.
"Unless you rescind the post, prepare yourself for some deep 'splainin come the big 'ol day of judgement, my friend. Wee-haw." (from lina's post on https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=3627627202031486081&postID=8580802837893007828)
point 1: is the punishment of hell truely temporary in orthodox judaism? Lina's post would leave one questioning because she brought judgement day into this. clearly she believe's in some kind of eternal punisment.
point 2: hell was clearly meant to be a bitter punishment. duh, its fire.