I Often hear from Christians on the subject of the afterlife.While theirs is a concept of Heaven…However by Jews it is not…Its reincarnation. Rabbis of today skip the old-fashioned Judaism of yesteryear and say “We don’t know what exactly the afterlife is” That’s not so please don’t play Putsavota with your congregation and fellow Jews.
Its called Reincarnation exactly as it’s referred to in “The Sefer Yitsera”(Jewish Book of Creation).
In that particular book there is a chapter in there that is known as “Otz Chaim”(sic) or The Tree of life.
In there it speaks of it in 2 terms
1.Gilagul Hanefesh( sic ) soul-trans migration or…
2.Radshesh Ha Gilagulim, (sic) revolution or schemes of souls…
In which a soul is returned to life based on ones past lifes behavior just as it is prescribed in the Book Of Life on Jewish New years. A Rich man who never gave to charity will return as a poor beggar.. a Poor Man good of heart comes back as a Rich Man… in other words your behavior in your past life shapes your present one and your behavior in the present reflects on your future one and you keep on doing this reincarnation until you become a pillar in the Temple of the Lord other words a perfect person.
East European Jews Name after the dead to help bring the soul Back into earth this is called Redemption upon inheritance (Book of Ruth). this is standard teaching Of among Karaites and Chasidium. When I was growing up (I was born in 1949) this was standard teaching taught in each and every Jewish home..
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*Meaning of Putsavota …to feign stupidly or no knowledge of incident