Sunday, January 2, 2011

REINCARNATIONS in Talmud & Prayer


Exhibited Kabbalah picture in Zfat.

Photo: Miriam Woelke

Just recently I wrote about REINCARNATIONS and that the whole concept is part of Judaism. 

Reincarnations as well as further kabbalistic teachings such as the “Sefirot” (Keter, Chochmah – Wisdom, Bina – Understanding, etc.) are anything but an invention of some Jewish medieval Kabbalists. Those ideas have been already put down in the Talmud and great Rabbis such as Rabbi Akivah were very much aware of the secret teachings of the Torah. 

This is what KABBALAH is: The hidden content in the Torah. Content which is not revealed to us unless we learn it with a teacher (a Rabbi). 

Kabbalah is being divided into two levels:

  1. The Theoretical Kabbalah
  2. The Practical Kabbalah.

Once again, Rabbi Akivah knew very well how to use the practical Kabbalah. Just look at the Talmudic story when he and his friends went into the “Pardes” where only Rabbi Akivah himself came out. The others either died, lost their minds or became totally secular. Meaning that one has to be on an extremely high level in order to deal with the practical Kabbalah. 

Moreover, in order to deal with the Jewish Kabbalah, one must be Jewish, as the Jewish soul is involved. A Gentile with a non – Jewish soul is unable to connect to Jewish Kabbalah. Rabbi Yitzchak Luria already refers to this in his days and if Madonna was learning his real writings then she may come to the conclusion that her studying Jewish Kabbalah is nothing but in vain.

It is also said that it was Rabbi Akivah hiding the practical Kabbalah, as too many people started using it for evil negative purposes. As far as we know, the false Christian Meshiach, the Jew J., was one of those using the Kabbalah for his own purposes and not for the good. 

Furthermore, we learn from prayer that there are reincarnations in Judaism. Look into the “Bedtime Shema - Kriat Shema la’Mitah” – first paragraph “Ribono shel Olam”.
Every night before we go to bed, in “Ribono shel Olam” we forgive other people for treating us not that nicely on this particular day. 

“Master of the Universe ! I hereby forgive anyone who has angered or vexed me, or sinned against me, either physically or financially, against my honour or anything else that is mine, whether accidentally or intentionally, inadvertently or deliberately …

… bejn be’shogeg bejn be’mesid bejn be’dibur bejn be’ma’aseh bejn be’GILGUL (REINCARNATION) zeh bejn GILGUL acher

There are Jews who undergo different reincarnations and should not be punished for their wrongdoings against me in this reincarnation and not in the next.


  1. Dear Miriam,

    I just found your blog. I have to tell you I just finished reading Rabbi Yonasson Gershom's Book, Beyond the Ashes.

    I found this book to be fascinating.

    I did come away with a question though. If Jews are reincarnated, and resurrected, then which entity would they return as in Eretz Yisrael?

    Thank you!

    Hasya Ya'ara

  2. B"H

    Not all Jews are being reincarnated ! In fact there is a doubt whether only male Jews are being reincarnated and women won't be reincarnated at all.

    I don't have an answer to this But, as I said, not every Jewish soul is being reincarnated.

    It depends on your different soul levels and if you achieved your goal in life or not. If a part of your soul (Nefesh, Ruach, Neshama) is lacking a Tikkun (rectification). Sometimes your lowest soul level "Nefesh" is totally rectidied but your Ruach is not. Then, only the Ruach Level is being reincarnated.

    However, generally speaking, not everyone is being reincarnated !!!

    Who is being resurrected ?
    I once asked a Breslover Chassid and he told me that the reincarnation reaching the most perfect level is being resurrected.