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Does Judaism Believe in Reincarnation?

Fulfilling the soul’s unique mission may take more than one lifetime.


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Visitor Comments: 14

(14) Anonymous, March 7, 2018 9:32 PM

can we fulfill the soul purpose of another?

My husband recently died quite suddenly. So much of what he began still remains incomplete. A huge part of my grieving stems from angst over this body of unfinished service and education of our fellow residents of planet earth.
Are we (as a family) to attempt to continue on his legacy?

(13) Stan Rosen, January 14, 2018 5:48 PM

Does reincarnation mean we live forever?

Thank you, Rabbi, for your presentation. It is comforting to know that our Jewish scholars of the past believe in reincarnation as I do. My mother's astral body came to visit me 3 weeks after she died. It was not a dream. She missed me because I could be with her at the time of her death. Was it God's way allowing me to see the real truth of our existence? Because of it I changed my life. I am on my spiritual path. I teach others through mindfulness meditation to heal and rebuild their lives. Through a lifetime of struggles, i have found my calling giving to others what it has taken me a lifetime to learn. God is walking the path with me. I can now die a happy man.

(12) Anonymous, January 4, 2018 5:31 PM

How does one who has severe mental illness like schizophrenia fulfill his/her mission to purify his/her soul. They cannot take care of themselves. How can they perform Mitzvot and help others.They suffer greatly as well as their family members.

How does one with severe mental illness like schizophrenia or severe physical impairment fulfill the goal of purification of the soul?
They are unable to perform Mitzvot and/or do chesed. They suffer greatly and cause family members great suffering.
Besorot Tovot!
Thank you!

(11) Anonymous, December 23, 2017 4:02 AM

Believing something doesn't make it factual

The idea of life after death is very comforting which would make an individual want to believe it. Human beings can rationalize anything. The negative side to reincarnation is that one can say why bother to live the commandments if one has the opportunity to get it right the next time around. In addition the entire idea of ascended masters guiding the human race is very occultic and leads to belief in superior races who are higher up planetary chains of growth as in the occult New Age Lucis Trust writings. On the humorous side, there are those who believe that being assigned to hell means having to live on earth again with all of its evils and problems.

(10) Keith, UK, December 15, 2017 5:35 PM

Toda rabah, Rabbi

Full agreement Rabbi, full agreement........Thank you!........ Chag Hanukkah Sameach...... :)

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