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Is reincarnation considered a fundamental idea in Jewish thought?

by Rabbi Dovber Pinson

  

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There are many secular scholars who would disagree with fundamental beliefs in Judaism, based on their documentation at a later point in history than the revelations at Mount Sinai. There are famous dissensions regarding issues such as the resurrection of the dead, and the main thrust of their arguments is the delayed appearance of the subject in Scripture.


There are numerous fundamentals in Jewish belief that have never been clearly mentioned in the Five Books of Moses, such as belief in the afterlife, resurrection of the dead, and so on. Although these may not be spoken of in an overt manner, the 'oral tradition,' that part of the Torah which goes hand in hand with the written Torah, speaks clearly of these issues and sheds light on those passages in the Torah that allude to these concepts. Another fundamental premise in Jewish belief is that the oral tradition is one with the written and it is impossible to understand one without the other. Reincarnation is an ancient Jewish belief, passed down in the manner of the oral tradition, and in existence for as long as Judaism.

There are numerous fundamentals in Jewish belief that have never been clearly mentioned in the Five Books of Moses, such as belief in the afterlife, resurrection of the dead, and so on

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