I am currently reading a very good book titled: Does The Soul Survive? A Jewish Journey to Belief in Afterlife, Past lives and Living with Purpose - by Rabbi Elie Kaplan Spitz. In it he talks about the seven steps a soul takes from death to rebirth. One step in particular caught my attention. In Judaism the Hebrew word for reincarnation is gilgulei neshamot which means " the rolling of souls" (from body to body). The preparation for rebirth is step seven and it contains an interesting reference to why we forget from life time to life time. There is a medieval text that makes reference to the "creation of the embryo." An angel takes the soul through a life time review before birth and then brings the soul to the womb of its new mother. The Tibetan Book of the Dead is referenced and Jewish prophets and mystics have written about the similarities. I am particularly interested in the forgetting aspect as noted above. The Gnostic's spoke of the waters of forgetfulness before birth. The text also talks about at the time of death when the soul leaves the body it enters the River of Light. I will share more tomorrow because I really enjoy comparing ancient religious texts and the common thread that runs through them. I am interested if any of our members are Jewish or have studied Jewish texts. Particularly those that talk about past lives and the process.