JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: reincarnation #general

Robert Israel <israel@...>

In article <000901c53273$03282e80$020010ac@BASEMENT>,
Arnie <> wrote:

In researching my family roots, I recall that there was a belief in the
Ukrainian side of the family about people dying, coming back as animals if
they were not good people. To me, this sounds a bit more Hindu than
Ukrainian Jewish! Does anyone know of similar folk beliefs that might have
existed in the Jewish communities in the Ukraine or surrounding areas?
See e.g. the article on "Transmigration of Souls" in the on-line Jewish
Encyclopedia <>. Basically, this belief
is found in Kabbala, and would have been commonly held in very many Jewish
communities, especially among Chassidim.

Robert Israel
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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