Contact Us
Kabbalah, homosexuality, reincarnation, and trans-gender soul travels

Cross-Gender Soul Migration

Cross-Gender Soul Migration

"Gate of Reincarnations": Chapter Nine, Section 2

 Email
Cross-Gender Soul Migration
Kabbalah, homosexuality, reincarnation, and trans-gender soul travels

Because of sins such as homosexuality a male soul might reincarnate into a woman's body, and such a woman will not be able to give birth without great merit and the entry of a feminine soul into her as an ibur.

Although women do not reincarnate, they can sometimes come as an ibur into women, together with sparks of new, feminine souls.

There is another possibility when they come as an ibur in some other woman. If that woman conceives, becomes pregnant and gives birth to a girl, then the one that came as an ibur might reincarnate as an actual gilgul in that daughter who was just born.

The Ari will return to this phenomenon further in this section. Sometimes a man may reincarnate into the body of a woman because of a sin, such as homosexuality…

Sometimes a man may reincarnate into the body of a woman because of a sin, such as homosexuality or something similar. This woman who has received the soul of a man will not be able to conceive and become pregnant.

This is a serious punishment. Barren women usually suffer tremendously.

This is because she lacks [the ability] to raise Mayin Nukvin, and she cannot receive Mayin Duchrin.

The concept of Mayin Nukvin (M"N), "Female Waters", was explained somewhat in Chapter 3:8. Its counterpart is Mayin Duchrin (M"D), "Male Waters" or juices that flow from above to below, such as the sperm that is emitted during marital intimacy. In Kabbala, this term refers to all the light and blessing that flow downward from Above.

Obviously, the physical bodies of the partners must be able to function normally in order for procreation to happen. The Ari is adding here that some similar function must also take place in the soul bodies. Souls have masculine and feminine aspects, as it is written, "…He created them male and female" (Gen. 1:27). Furthermore, the rule in the Kabbala is that This World is a sort of reflection of what is contained in the spiritual roots (despite the anomaly under consideration here). Thus, the female soul must also be able to emit juices of M"N and lubrications that draw downward to herself the M"D of the masculine soul. The male soul that is within her cannot…become pregnant or give birth…

In this anomalous case, however, as a result of sin, the soul that is within the female body is not feminine, but male. The female body in this case will be able to function normally in a biological sense, to emit female juices and lubrications. However, the male soul that is within her cannot do so. The consequence will be that this woman cannot become pregnant or give birth.

This woman will need great merit to enable her to become pregnant and give birth. The only way it can be done is that some other feminine soul must enter her as an ibur. In partnership they can raise M"N, conceive and give birth.

One has a female body; the other is a female soul. She cannot give birth to boys, but only to girls…

However, she cannot give birth to sons for two reasons. The first is [as follows:] There is a verse that says, "…If a woman puts forth seed, and a male child is born" (Lev. 12:2).

In the Talmud (Berachot 60a, also Nidda) it is said, "If a woman 'puts forth seed' first, then a boy will be born. If the man puts forth seed first, then a girl will be born."

In this case, the woman is a male, just like her husband.

In this case, whichever one biologically "puts forth seed" first, in the spiritual realm both partners are masculine souls, and it will always be the male who puts forth seed first. Therefore, the child must be female.

She cannot give birth to boys, but only to girls. At the time that she gives birth, that feminine soul enters into the fetus…

The second reason is that the feminine soul that has entered her does so only as an ibur in order to help her become pregnant and give birth. Once this woman gives birth, that soul does not need to stay there any longer for no reason. At the time that she gives birth, that [feminine] soul enters into the fetus as an actual gilgul, and not as an ibur, like it was at first. That is why the child that is born must be female and not male.

The child that is born will be the gilgul of the feminine soul that entered the mother as an ibur. Since the feminine soul is not itself tainted with any sin of illicit sexual relations, she must enter a feminine body. Therefore, the child will be a female.

In summary, any woman whose soul is a masculine soul, as explained beforehand, cannot give birth to a male, but only to a female. The female child that is born will be the same feminine soul that originally entered to help out.

In Chapter 38, the Ari will actually relate that the first wife of Rabbi Chaim Vital was the gilgul of a soul of the type discussed here in this section. That is why she could not give birth to a son. Rabbi Shmuel Vital, the son of Rabbi Chaim, through whom the Lurianic tradition was transmitted, was the son of Rabbi Chaim's second wife, who was actually his soul mate.

[Commentary by Shabtai Teicher.]

Rabbi Yitzchak Luria […Ashkenazi ben Shlomo] (5294-5332 = 1534-1572 c.e.); Yahrtzeit (anniversary of death): 5th of Av. Buried in the Old Cemetery of Tzfat. Commonly known as the Ari, an acronym standing for Elohi Rabbi Yitzchak, the
G-dly Rabbi Isaac. No other master or sage ever had this extra letter Aleph, standing for Elohi [G-dly], prefaced to his name. This was a sign of what his contemporaries thought of him. Later generations, fearful that this appellation might be misunderstood, said that this Aleph stood for Ashkenazi, indicating that his family had originated in Germany, as indeed it had. But the original meaning is the correct one, and to this day among Kabbalists, Rabbi Yitzchak Luria is only referred to as Rabbenu HaAri, HaAri HaKadosh [the holy Ari] or Arizal [the Ari of blessed memory].
Yitzchok bar Chaim is the pseudonym of the translator, an American-born Jerusalem scholar who has studied and taught Kabbala for many years. He may be contacted through: webmaster@kabbalaonline.org. He translated the Ari's work, "Shaar HaGilgulim;" his translation into English (but with much less extensive commentary than offered here). Information about his translation in book form may be obtained through www.thirtysevenbooks.com
Rabbi Chaim Vital c. 5303-5380 (c. 1543-1620 CE), major disciple of R. Isaac (Yitzchak) Luria, and responsible for publication of most of his works.
Shabtai Teicher, a descendant of the fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe, the Rebbe Reshab, was born in Brooklyn in 1946 and settled in Jerusalem in 1970. He studied for over 7 years with one of the outstanding and renowned kabbalists of our generation, Rabbi Mordechai Attieh, and also studied deeply in various other fields of Jewish scholarship. He was a specialist in Lurianic Kabbala, edited and annotated the first eleven chapters of our English rendition of "Shaar HaGilgulim," and completed his manuscripts for "Zohar: Old Man in the Sea," in both Hebrew and English, shortly before his unfortunate passing in November 2009.
© Copyright, all rights reserved. If you enjoyed this article, we encourage you to distribute it further, provided that you comply with Chabad.org's copyright policy.
 Email
Join the Discussion
Sort By:
11 Comments
1000 characters remaining
Anonymous June 23, 2016

regarding the women What would happen to the male in the woman's body after giving birth? does the person become able to ascend and how so?and you mention that females don't get reincarnated but do their parts in purgatory, can you please explain how so? Reply

Chaya February 14, 2016

A Related Question According to the text above, it would seem that an ibur in a woman must always be followed by a gilgul. Is this correct or not? Can the ibur not simply return to its Source as it does in the Tzadikim? Reply

Jess Carpenter United Kingdom November 29, 2015

im a male to female transgender saw this and wondered what it meant does it mean that the male to female transgender would have to be very well behaved for her soul to get into the correct genetic body? Reply

Luiz East Lansing MI June 28, 2015

In "Cross-Gender Soul Migration" I am strick with "...women do not reincarnate..." What then becomes of the kabbalistic writes on the "soul mate"? Would it be a contradition or would my soul-mate be that of man? How to solve that in light of the Torah/Zohar sin of homosexuality? Reply

Anonymous May 3, 2015

Just chiming in here, this article stopped me from killing myself!

Honestly. I am one such person as is spoken of in said article. I have a lot of memories and though I was not raised Jewish in this body, it comes to me like second nature.

Not only was I punished by being born a non-Jewish female I was born of a Catholic and a Protestant! Raised in a town with one Synagogue. Today I live in an Orthodox community in Toronto and attend a Chabad house here.

The body is just a body, how glad I am this is just a body. I know who I am and who I will be coming back as, after this lesson is learned. Death is not what the rest of the world believes it is, we Jews know the nature of what comes next. We don't have to fear death. I'm still here after all, and I will be back. They say that when G-d punishes us it ends up being a reward, I'd rather be a woman unafraid of death. Reply

Anonymous October 15, 2014

What about transgender? Male born wanted to be female? Reply

Anonymous April 30, 2013

Be careful what you conclude my friends... Your words will one day be reviewed in a heavenly court. I find it funny how we all seem so comfortable to speak for G-D. Be very careful. Reply

Anonymous April 3, 2017
in response to Anonymous:

Yes Reply

Anonymous Turku, Finland May 27, 2012

Talmud and medicine If a woman ovulates first then has intercourse the XY (male) sperm swim faster so more likely to meet the egg and have a boy. If the sperm is present prior to ovulation the slowbut longer lasting XX sperm may make it to the egg. Now how did the Talmud know that? Of course, if the child is born intersexed, who knows how it may turn out. Then there are some males who have no Y chromosome. I guess the Talmud doesn't cover every medical situation. Reply

Anonymous New Brunswick via kabbalaonline.org November 27, 2011

Male Sexuality I don't understand how this would help me as a bisexual male to ''correct'' my situation? Reply

Deborah Sheriton Toronto, Canada June 23, 2011

male reincarnation Most of the violence, hatred and warfare that has been going on for millenia is directly and indirectly a product of male ego. In other words, most of the chaos in the world is clearly male sponsored. The worst of sins include torture, rape .. not just homosexuality. Do males who abuse their wives for instance, reincarnate as abused wives themselves ? Women do not reincarnate at all as males as they 'grow down' (the soul is humble) and so there is no reason to reincarnate as a male ? Do women then reincarnate only as females ? Reply

The larger, bold text is the direct translation of the classic text source.

The smaller, plain text is the explanation of the translator/editor.
Text with broken underline will provide a popup explanation when rolled over with a mouse.