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Reincarnation

Have you ever met an old soul?

Published: February 11, 2012

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Visitor Comments: 62

(42) Laura, November 13, 2012 6:09 AM

So relieved to hear that

I've been hoping that believing in re-incarnation is acceptable within Judaism.

(41) Anonymous, February 28, 2012 10:46 PM

question reguarding sources

Are there any direct sources from the torah about gilgalim and reincarnation (but from the pasuk itself)?

(40) Daniela, February 19, 2012 6:54 PM

The way I was taught by my non-Chasidic Orthodox Rabbi

The way I understand it is that the parts of a soul that have been perfected by positive choices is what goes to Shomayim and the parts that need further perfection are what come back for another chance at perfection, whereupon the same thing happens with that soul made out of the imperfect part of the previous soul. The whole made out of a part is likened to a candle flame being made out of another candle flame. I also understand that several stories in the Gemara about souls asking to come back to correct mistakes, such as an unmarried scholar coming back as a married simpleton may confirm that the idea is not just in the Zohar. I've heard several times of various people from Torah or Chazal being reincarnations of the likes of Noach, Moshe, King David, etc., in devrei torah spoken by not particularly mystical type Rabbonim. It is also my understanding that spiritual perfection is the goal of Judaism, and it makes sense to me that the idea of reincarnation fits that very well. Frankly, I like the idea of our being given more than one chance at that. The idea of travails and hardship happening in order to help prefect a part of us that needs repair appeals to me. The idea of souls needing repair seems to me to also fit this idea very well. Who was it that used to stand up whenever he saw a Downs child ? When asked why he said, "Such a child is one life away from total perfection. After this life this soul is perfect and doesn't need to come back anymore. I stand in respect for this almost perfect soul." Chofetz Chaim??

(39) Ady, February 19, 2012 10:37 AM

What a can of warms!

Well what a topic. It seems Lori has opened a can of warms with this one. But on my part, I have no problem with the topic of REINCARNATION contained within. I have been tought this by an orthodox Rabbi some years ago, although I did find it hard to swallow to start with but as I studied the Torah and listened to HASHEM, I have gained an understanding of the matter. This teaching is not for everyone esp the goy. This is a high teaching on a need to know bases as a general rule. Who are we to judge the purposes or reasons why HaShem requires this to happen, and also must be in line with the ancient writings. OH, and yes, the soul may come back to an individual within another religion provided it is part of HaShems overall plan and desired outcomes. Like Lori, how this all works, who knows!

(38) Patrick, February 17, 2012 10:21 PM

reincarnation and Rambam

Rambam said it is not proper for a man to accept as trustworthy anything other than one of these three things: 1] clear proof deriving from man's reasoning, 2] what is perceived throught one of the five senses, 3] what is received from the prophets or from the righteous, where does reincarnation fall in these three? If reincarnation happens, then what about God's justice.?

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