[Sephardic Hebrew geel-gool; Ashkenazic Hebrew gil-goo l]
- the soul of a dead person that passes into another living body to assume a new existence and atone for past sins.
Origin of gilgul
< Yiddish gilgl literally, transmigration, metamorphosis < Hebrew gilgul metamorphosis, literally, rolling, revolving
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