Does Judaism Believe in Reincarnation?

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

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Comments (19)

(19) Natan Brener, July 23, 2020 11:35 PM

Is not your interpretation a way to justify simple personalities?

If I follow your logic, it means that the soul of rabbi Steinsaltz or Shmeerson are very undeveloped and far from their full potential? That's why they had so many tools and greatness in this world? Is not prizing the simple individual instead to admiring the most complex ones?

(18) Wilda Lawler, June 20, 2019 4:00 AM

Thank you for this short concise answer. It confirmed what I have always believed..

Very good video.

(17) Anonymous, January 18, 2019 4:23 PM

Reconcile Reincarnation w/Resurrection

The whole concept of reincarnation for this purpose does make sense to me, but then how does this reconcile with the concept of the resurrection when Mashiach comes? Which of the multiple bodies will the soul return to for resurrection? Thank you for your reply.

(16) Ekpe, August 26, 2018 9:24 AM


Dear Rabbi In human existence from Adam, when did re-incarnation start and when will it end? Also, why is it not specifically mentioned in the Bible? Thank you.

(15) Nasif S. Nahle, May 30, 2018 6:56 AM

I don't believe there's life after death

In my humble opinion, besides Daniel's book, there's not a single promise from the Torah about life after death or either resurrection and reincarnation.

(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...... :)

(9) Anonymous, December 15, 2017 5:27 PM

I enjoyed this. Thank you!

(8) Anonymous, December 15, 2017 4:13 PM

I want more info on reincarnation

1. Where can I get reading materials in Eng on this topic?
2. So when does reincarnation take place? before the maz 12 months of Gehinnon,before iot, Agter you have already been in gan eden for a while?
3. By techiyas hamesim- which of your various gilgolim come back?
4.Do we become better after each comback or are other sins likely, therby defeating the whole purpose of reincarnation.

(7) Anonymous, December 15, 2017 12:19 AM

Experiencing possible re-incarnation

When my grandson was in my car at age 3 he forcefully
insisted that he carried me in his arms.
I said I am a grown up and you are so little. But he continued to
insist he remembers carrying me in his arms.

(6) Mandy Goldberg, December 14, 2017 7:12 PM

Soul mate

How does this affect your soul mate. We are told that we have a bashert. are there multiple ones. And also re resurrection of the dead in prophecy which soul in what body comes back. These have always been my questions in regards to reincarnation

(5) Joseph Mendson, December 14, 2017 5:59 PM

The Rambam on Reincarnation versus Resurrection

Joseph Mendson ·
To Efim Svirsky: Neither have I. The obviousness is based on the fact that, why would the great Rambam have spoken pro or against something that is not Jewish or documented in the Tanach? BTW, I would be glad to read any reference in the Tanach in favor of reincarnation or resurrection. I mean, one to be reincarnated, he or she must return from the eternal home of the dead which would contradict not only the Tanach but also the logical concept of eternity which only HaShem owns.

(4) Edward Kremer, December 14, 2017 2:35 PM

Here are some researchers who wrote books on peoples memories on being human in other lifetimes.I read these and have believed in it since My father told me about gilgul as a child.
Rabbi Yonasson Gershom, Dr Brian L Weiss, Dr Ian Stevenson, Dr Jeffrey Woolger, Edgar Cayce. Here is a recent book " The Boy Who Knew Too Much " by Cathy Byrd. If these books arent convincing. Then I wish you a past life memory as I have had. Oh yes I almost didn't mention Dolores Cannons discoveries on this subject gleaned from thousands of her clients over more than forty years. There is much to be learned from this knowledge that is vast.

(3) Caryn Portnoy, December 14, 2017 2:19 PM

Does this mean that someone who is homeless and has fewer tools is closer to perfection?

(2) Laya, December 10, 2017 9:19 AM

for more on this topic

If any readers are interested in more information on this topic, I recommend a book by Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman called "Return Again: The Dynamics of Reincarnation."

(1) Anonymous, December 8, 2017 2:14 AM

Clarify difference between gilgul and techiat hamesim

I would suggest that you perhaps considering qualifying your interesting remarks that, although the Rambam might reject gilgul, nevertheless techias hamesim is a fundamental belief subscribed to by all, especially the Rambam. It was not clear


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