Judaism and Reincarnation

Written by RabbiYerachmiel Tilles

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The holy Ari explained it most simply: every Jew must fulfill all 613 mitzvot, and if he doesn't succeed in one lifetime, he comes back again and again until he finishes. For this reason, events in a person's life may lead him towards certain places, encounters, etc., in ways that may or may not make sense. Divine providence provides each person withrepparttar opportunities he needs to fulfill those particular mitzvot necessary forrepparttar 146892 perfection of his soul. Butrepparttar 146893 responsibility lies with us. Atrepparttar 146894 actual moment of decision in any given situation,repparttar 146895 choice is ours.

One ofrepparttar 146896 ways in which heaven maintains our ability to exercise complete freedom of choice is by not allowing us conscious knowledge of previous incarnations. Consequently, it might seem to some people that there is little practical benefit in being aware of this doctrine. Furthermore, many scholars contend that these mystical concepts can easily be misunderstood, or carried to erroneous and misleading conclusions. We can therefore understand why this and similar subjects are only hinted at in scripture, and why some knowledge and a great deal of determination are often required in order to gain access to this information.

For an in-depth English treatment ofrepparttar 146897 Jewish doctrine of reincarnation, seerepparttar 146898 running translation and commentary of Shaar Gilgulim on www.KabbalaOnline.org.

Yerachmiel Tilles is the Co-founder of Ascent-of-Safed (www.ascent.org.il) and its educational director for 18 years. He is the creator of www.ascentofsafed.com and www.kabbalaonline.org, and currently the director of both sites. He is also a columnist for numerous chasidic publications and a staff rabbi on www.AskMoses.com


Written by Irvin L. Rozier

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We closed in a prayer, especially for America, and I left to go to my brother-in-law's church.

I arrived at Ward Memorial and enteredrepparttar sanctuary. It was decorated with a patriotic theme, and a veteran gave a demonstration of foldingrepparttar 146891 flag, and read whatrepparttar 146892 folds mean, and whatrepparttar 146893 flag is all about. We had thirteen veterans present, including me, and all of us read a portion ofrepparttar 146894 tribute torepparttar 146895 flag. The congregation sang "America", and prayers were prayed. The preacher preached on Daniel Chapter 9, about Brother Daniel interceding in prayer for his beloved country. The main idea ofrepparttar 146896 message is how we need to pray for our country,repparttar 146897 troops andrepparttar 146898 leaders. It was a very uplifting and moving service and I hadrepparttar 146899 honor to offerrepparttar 146900 closing prayer. The presence ofrepparttar 146901 Lord was strong.

We then went torepparttar 146902 social hall and had dinner and fellowship. It was a wonderful time in this little church. There were almost 100 folks there.

I cam home, took a nap, and then went outside to pick my tomatoes. My sister drove up in her golf cart and we talked about several things, includingrepparttar 146903 state of affairs within our country. I picked my tomatoes, and then went to pick a few ears of sweet corn. As I washed off my fresh picked vegetables, I thanked God forrepparttar 146904 blessings on me, our land of liberty, andrepparttar 146905 fine family he has given me.

This is just a portion of my Sunday..I thought I would share.

2005 Irvin L. Rozier aka walkin2e

Author of My Walk with the Lord, www.selahbooks.com, various other articles and poems (do a google or yahoo search on my name), preacher, retired military

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