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Why do Jews believe in reincarnation?

In my last question about converts to Judaism and the messiah an answerer said that converts were born Jewish in a past life, but for reasons known only to God they were reincarnated to not be born Jewish but they are still real Jews.

“Reincarnated?”

Have Jews always believed in reincarnation? What is the basis for believing in reincarnation?

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allonyoav
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allonyoav

Judaism has always believed in reincarnation- its just the modern liberal sects that tend to discard it. The composition of the soul and how it relates to reincarnation is discussed in the Zohar, as well as in Likutei Amoraim (also known as Tanya). Now the biggest issue that some people have with reincarnation often is: If we have multiple lives- how does everyone get resurrected in the time of mashiach? After all- which of those lives would come back? So, to understand reincarnation and how it can be understood in light of techias meitim in the time of Mashiach- you… Read more »

frenzy
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frenzy

This confirms what I’ve been saying all along…Jesus believed in reincarnation.

EDIT:
And Jaye, Jesus said you must be born again. I’m glad we think so much alike, friend. 🙂

Hollyster
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Hollyster

not all Jews believe in reincarnation

Jaye16
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Jaye16

From what I understand, reincarnation is a personal belief not a mandatory belief or tenet of any religion. I am a Christian that believes in reincarnation……shocking isn’t it? (At least that is the most mild response I get on YA.) 🙂 ** One of the basis’ I have for believing this way is the many ways ‘karma’ has been spoken of in the old test. as well as the new. One small biblical example: A man reaps what he sows. – I know many people that have died having never paid the price for certain things in this one lifetime,… Read more »

Ruth Catkin JPA
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You seem to key onto one sentence and obsess over it, my friend.

answer: Not all Jews belief in reincarnation. Some believe the soul reincarnates until one is righteous enough to join G-d when dying.

Some believe the soul reincarnates until the Messiah/Messianic Age comes around.

Some don’t believe in reincarnation at all (more of the prevalent belief).

Dexter's 2nd Incarnation
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Dexter's 2nd Incarnation

I believe in reincarnation only because that is what the spirit inside of me, (who claims to be God), told me that I can expect.

But, He didn’t tell me that part.

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Cindy

Yes, traditional Orthodox Judaism has always had reincarnation from the time Judaism was founded at Mt. Sinai. The later movements that split off from Orthodox Judaism (Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, Humanistic, etc.) didn’t put too much emphasis on it and still don’t. Pretty much ignore it in fact. It’s one of the things they kind of tried to get away from as being “old superstitious nonsense” in traditional Orthodox Judaism. They didn’t throw it away exactly, but it isn’t taught. Many Jews who belong to these movements are unaware it even exists and will deny it even when they find out… Read more »

Siva the Jedi boy toy
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Siva the Jedi boy toy

Judaism focuses on this life and has no specific teaching of the afterlife. Some Jewish sects believe in reincarnation but not all.

I wil star your question for Jewish contacts.

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Paix
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Paix

Not necessarily. Jews have very diverse opinions on the previous/afterlife. Some believe you go up to Heaven, others believe in reincarnation (though I’ve never really heard of that), others believe they just die. That’s it.

Fireball
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Fireball

Ive never heard that….Jesus has other plans for them in the millenium..