Category: Kabbala

A Holocaust Survivors Near-Death Story

This is a true story about a Holocaust survivor and Bet Din of Shamayim. Mr. Freedman, zt’l, survived the Holocaust but his wife and children perished in the camp’s ovens. After the war, he moved to Israel and began a…

Moshe, Yisro, Kayin and Hevel – Two Guys, a Girl, and a Korban

The Seforim note some fascinating parallels in the relationship between Moshe and Yisro. Judaism fully endorses the concept of Gilgul, reincarnation, and that it refers to the soul returning again to earth in a different body in order to complete its perfection.

The first two brothers ever were Kayin and Hevel. According to the Midrash (or Sefer Gilgulim – the book of reincarnation), Kayin and Hevel has 3 sisters. Kayin was married to one, and Hevel was married to two. One of Hevel’s wives was particularly beautiful, and Kayin wanted her for himself. Kayin therefore killed Hevel in an attempt to steal Hevel’s wife. Thus, Kayin was guilty and needed forgiveness for murder and adultery. This supposedly was the real motive behind the killing.

Kayin’s Korban not being accepted was the start of things and Kayin was incredibly jealous of Hevel. Afterwards essentially Kayin said “Les Din V’Les Dayan,” “there is no justice and there is no Judge.” that he killed him over it. Like everything else in life, which revolves over either money or women, this case revolved around a woman.

There were other things that Kayin did to make Hevel miserable. He started to nitpick who got what. In the Torah it says “And Kayin said, and he pursued him.” What did Kayin say? It’s missing a line! Apparently, Kayin said that the world needed to be divided. Since he was the first-born he should get double and therefore should have 2 out of the three sisters. He also said that since he works the land, the land should go to him and Hevel should feed his sheep out of air, but get off his land! Since that wasn’t possible, he was pursued until he was killed.

Now, Moshe was a Gilgul of Hevel. Hevel’s sin had been that he had looked at the Shechina when Hashem came down to accept his offering. Moshe thus got forgiveness for this by turning away from viewing Hashem at the burning bush.

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