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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Shaar ha Gilgulim (Gate of the Rounds)


Shaar ha Gilgulim is often translated as the Gate of Reincarnation. In fact it would be better translated as the Gate of the Rounds or Cycles. This unfortunate confusion with the Eastern doctrines of reincarnation has made most modern commentaries on the teachings of the Ari (Isaac Luria) dangerous and confusing. The Shaar ha Gilgulim itself makes it pretty clear at the start that it is talking of mystical states and levels of the soul in its journeys in the mystical rounds that purify the soul and make reparation (tikun)in the process of sanctification. Most English translations assume that the work is about reincarnation and thus this reflects their choice of words in the translations. Great errors have occured through trying to read these teaching in a literalistic manner rather than in a highly mystical way with a mystical language of its own. Israel Sarug, Luzzatto, Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, Reb Abraham Chazan and the Alter Rebbe among others all warned against interpreting these teaching in such a manner.

All the oral and mystical teachings of Judaism and Catholicism are found in origin in the Scriptures when read at a mystical level. Teachings that do not have this origin are alien and avoda zara to the authentic Divine Revelation. The Ramban teaches us that it is the mystery of the Mystical Mother (Kneset Yisrael)in Eternity that is the inner meaning of all the midrashim. This is the mystery of the Incarnation not the deception of reincarnation. The Ari's teachings will only be fully understood when the Jewish people and mystical sages embrace the mystery of the rounds in Divine Will as taught by the Messiah and his Mother to the servant of God Luisa Piccarreta. For this end the Hidden Tzadik Joseph continues his mystical work for this reunion and tikun of Church and Synagogue.

Also see Reincarnation and Reb Abraham Chazan

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