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Is there any evidence for reincarnation, or is it only belief?

by Rabbi Dovber Pinson

  

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The term 'real evidence' in the issue of reincarnation, indeed in any matter of spirituality, is not definitive, rather it may refer to many things. There is empirical evidence, that which we perceive physically, and in matters of spirituality there is also the issue of spiritual evidence, that which is felt on a higher plane.

As to empirical evidence in the matter of reincarnation, there are those who bring memory of previous incarnations as conclusive evidence of its existence. However, as discussed at length in the book, this is not as clear cut as it may seem. According to Kabbalah, in fact, most memories of previous incarnations are not what they appear to be.

Spirituality, the definition being, that which is beyond our usual realm of sensory perception, is most commonly evidenced in spirituality itself. We are told that the Arizal, the famed Kabbalist, was able to see within each person's soul their previous incarnations. This perception was as real to him as a physical sighting would be to most. Reality is but our perception of it. What is real to a person is based on his or her level of consciousness.

The definition of Spirituality is that which is beyond our usual realm of sensory perception and is most commonly evidenced in spirituality itself. We are told that the Arizal, the famed Kabbalist, was able to see within each person's soul their previous incarnations. This perception was as real to him as a physical sighting would be to most
The Torah tells of a battle led by Joshua in which the Jewish nation was victorious. A miraculous battle, defying nature itself. The sun stood still in the skies throughout the battle, not setting in its proper time, allowing the Jews to emerge the victors. The Ralbag, a great Jewish philosopher, argued that the battle was won so quickly that it appeared that time had stopped and the sun stood still. However, it did not actually change its nature at that time.

The Maharal of Prague disputes this claim. He argued that the sun indeed stopped in its course, yet it was perceived only by the Jewish nation while the reality of other nations was unchanged and the sun moved on. A physical occurrence was experienced, yet simultaneously the perception of that reality was vastly different, depending on the spiritual level of the one who experienced it. We don't see things the way they are, but the way we are.


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Torah
Torah is G–d’s teaching to man. In general terms, we refer to the Five Books of Moses as “The Torah.” But in truth, all Jewish beliefs and laws are part of the Torah.
Kabbalah
Jewish mysticism. The word Kaballah means "reception," for we cannot physically perceive the Divine, we merely study the mystical truths which were transmitted to us by G-d Himself through His righteous servants.
Joshua
1. Assumed the leadership of the Jewish people after Moses died in 1267 BCE. He split the Jordan River and led the Jewish people in their conquest of the Promised Land. 2. One of the 24 books of the Bible, which chronicles Joshua's leadership.
Arizal
Rabbi Isaac Luria, the 15th Century founder of Modern Kabbalah.