Shaar HaGilgulim

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The Gates of Reincarnation
by Rabbi Isaac Luria and Rabbi Chaim Vital
Translated by: Yitzchal Bar Chaim

Shaar HaGilgulim (The Gates of Reincarnation) records the fundamentals of spiritual development and the journeys of the soul. Based on the writings of the master Kabbalist, Rabbi Yitzchak Luria, zt’l (1534-1572), the Arizal, the book was recorded by his foremost disciple, Rabbi Chaim Vital, zt’l, and amended by Rabbi Shmuel Vital, his son.

Shaar HaGilgulim explains how various Biblical personalities lived, died, and were reborn as different individuals. It links reincarnation to the concept of rectification (tikun) on both the personal and world levels. The mystic’s view of reward and punishment, the Garden of Eden, the Messiah, and many other Jewish concepts is presented. Vital information is provided about the future helping one understand the expected challenges of Jewish history, and in particular, at the ‘End of Days’.

Written in a highly technical and esoteric style, this classic text of Jewish mysticism can be somewhat provocative. The English version was prepared by a group of scholars in Safed, Israel, from a translation by Rabbi Pinchas Winston. Rabbi Winston is the author of a weekly commentary on the Torah, ‘Perceptions’, as well as many other essays and books. He also lectures internationally. He undertook to translate Shaar HaGilgulim as a personal project, but after his efforts caught the attention and participation of other scholars in Safed, it was decided to publish the book under the pseudonym of Yitzchak bar Chaim.

To view a sample of the table of contents, as well as a sample page, click on ‘view sample page’ above.(534 Pages)

Publisher: Thirty Seven Books Pub., 2003

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