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The Kindness of Reincarnation

Written by Rabbi Yehoshua Alt, 7/9/2019

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The Kindness of Reincarnation

The Megale Amukos[1] writes that reincarnation is a Chessed of Hashem,[2] that any Jew can fix what he messed up. This is alluded to by the fact that the word גלגול has the same Gematria as חסד (72).


Due to this, one is reincarnated up to three times as is hinted to in הן כל אלה יפעל אל פעמים שלוש עם גבר; Hashem does all these things with man two or three times,[3] so that one can’t mess up too much. This only applies if one doesn’t rectify with his Torah, Mitzvos and Maasim Tovim when he returns in a Gilgul. However, if one that is reincarnated does the will of Hashem, then Hashem gives him an additional Chessed and he is able to be reincarnated up to 1,000 times as the Zohar[4] writes on ועושה חסד לאלפים...; who shows kindness for thousands to those who love Him and observe His commandments.[5]


In the year 1936, R’ Dovid Shechter, the father of R’ Yaakov Meir Shechter, was davening at the Kosel when he suddenly heard someone crying bitterly. This man was to be making a wedding in the near future for his daughter but had no money for it. R’ Dovid invited him to his house where he gave the man the funds- which was originally intended for the wedding of his own son that was to be held in a half year- needed for the wedding. Later in the day when R’ Dovid was davening Mincha by R’ Shlomke Zvhiller, the Tzadik asked R’ Dovid you are shining today, what did you do to merit this? After R’ Dovid reluctantly related what happened, R’ Shlomke said because of what you did, you rectified your Neshama in this Gilgul as well as previous Gilgulim.

R’ Alt merited to learn under the tutelage of R’ Mordechai Friedlander Ztz”l for close to five years. He received Semicha from R’ Zalman Nechemia Goldberg. R’ Alt has written on numerous topics for various websites and publications. He lives with his wife and family in a suburb of Yerushalayim where he studies, writes and teaches. The author is passionate about teaching Jews of all levels of observance.

[1] Vaeschanan, 11

[2] Reincarnation is based on לבלתי ידח ממנו נדח; no one is banished from Him (Shmuel 2, 14:14).

[3] Iyov 33:29

[4] Yisro 91b. The Rema Mipano (עשרה מאמרות, אם כל חי, 3. Yalkut Reuveni, Parshas Bamidbar.) writes Moshe knew how many times each Jew was reincarnated, as is revealed to us in לגלגלותם [כל זכר] (Bamidbar 1:2. The simple meaning is every male according to their head count.) which refers to גלגול; reincarnation.  

[5] Shemos 20:6. Another interpretation in עשה חסד לאלפים concerning reincarnation is that Hashem can give someone another chance even thousands of years later.  

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