by Reb Gutman Locks at Mystical Paths
When a person dies their soul leaves their body. It is a liberating experience. The soul is no longer limited to the body. Actually, the soul does not die, the body dies.
When the soul travels back up to the entirely spiritual realm, one of the first things that happens is that it hears a bas kol (a voice from the Higher Heaven.) The Heavenly voice asks the soul, "Did you enjoy My world while you were there?"
If the soul answers, as many do, "What, are you nuts? That place is a madhouse. Why it's filled with murder, wars, cruelty ... how could you even ask such a question?"
That soul will have to come back to this lower world again, back to the same place (emotionally) that it was when it left its body. It will have to do this again and again until it figures out what its Creator wants from it.
Yes, the Torah teaches reincarnation, and yes, G-d wants us to have a good time.
Not only do the mystical books of Torah, the Kabalah and such, teach reincarnation, even the books of the literal law discuss it. Look in the explanations of the Torah's laws outlined in the Mishna Brurah. There, where it discusses the laws of Yom Kippur afternoon, there is a story of a man who refuses to repent. Everyone else is trying to repent before the gate of acceptance closes, but this man says, "I am so used to sinning that I am going to keep on sinning, and worse comes to worse, G-d will come and kill me."[i] The commentator there explains, "This man must repent, or he will have to come back to this world again and again until he does repent."
From this we learn that what we did in the past made us into what we are today. It also shows that our actions today will determine who and what we will be in the future.
All fathers, (and all the more so, our Heavenly Father), want their children to be happy. That is the very reason He put us here in the first place. He created a world of choice. He gives us a gorgeous world of opportunity, a Garden, and He also gives us a world of hell. We choose which world we live in.
When we count our blessings, we move into the Garden. When we dwell on the things that are wrong, we move out of the Garden and into the world of hard and sweaty work.[ii] Either way, it is the one world. We just live in it the way we choose.
[i] See Be'er Hateyv
[ii] Gensisis 3:19
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