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5 Jewish Beliefs Concerning Life After Death

The source for this post is a book called Soul Journeys, by Rabbi Chaim Dalfin, a Chabad rabbi, first published by Jewish Enrichment Press in 2001. You can get the Kindle edition for $9.99.

  1. Naming In Honor: Every person is born with a new soul. If they’re named after someone else, a portion of the other person’s soul is incarnated into the child. The other person’s strengths are given to the child along with a mission that the deceased person could not carry out in his or her lifetime.
  2. The Dream That Is Real: Sometimes a deceased righteous person (tzaddik) will visit someone in a dream or enter their body temporarily to help them accomplish something they are unable to do alone.
  3. The Visitor: A mysterious figure may enter one’s life (in physical form) to assist them. This figure is a temporary reincarnation of a deceased righteous person.
  4. Seemingly Human Dogs & Other Animals: A unique form of punishment is being reincarnated into animal form for a sin that could not be expiated during one’s lifetime (“acted like an animal”). In contrast being reincarnated into human form means that there was something you needed to finish, but did not.
  5. Exorcism: The tormented soul which does not complete its mission after being reincarnated multiple times becomes a dybbuk, wandering the earth with endless exile until they may find an enter a human body, necessitating exorcism.


By Dr. Dannielle Blumenthal. All opinions are the author’s own. Public domain.

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