I was eating lunch with a Jew a few days ago. He said he was not observant, but he was ‘spiritual’ and a monotheist. He said he believed in reincarnation.
I was confused as I had always thought that in Judaism the belief was that you died once, and existed in the afterlife, and then the Resurrection of the Dead came – but neither death nor the resurrection of the dead were “reincarnation”.
Having no idea what he meant by reincarnation (in my mind I was thinking Buddhist/Hindu style) I asked if that was something in Kabbalah and the Zohar.
He said yes.
But soon after that I had to go and didn’t ask much more.
I was wondering if that’s consistent with the views of Orthodox Jewry.