gilgul

[Sephardic Hebrew geel-gool; Ashkenazic Hebrew gil-goo l]

noun, plural gil·gu·lim [Sephardic Hebrew geel-goo-leem; Ashkenazic Hebrew gil-goo-lim] /Sephardic Hebrew gil guˈlim; Ashkenazic Hebrew gɪlˈgu lɪm/. Jewish Folklore.

the soul of a dead person that passes into another living body to assume a new existence and atone for past sins.

Nearby words

  1. giles,
  2. gilet,
  3. gilgai,
  4. gilgal,
  5. gilgamesh,
  6. gilguy,
  7. gill,
  8. gill arch,
  9. gill bar,
  10. gill book

Compare dybbuk.

Origin of gilgul

< Yiddish gilgl literally, transmigration, metamorphosis < Hebrew gilgul metamorphosis, literally, rolling, revolving

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