Menachem Bluming Muses: Do Jews Believe in Reincarnation?

A teenage boy once asked the Lubavitcher Rebbe, “Do we believe in reincarnation?”

The Rebbe’s answer was short and cryptic:
“Yes, we do believe in reincarnation. But don’t wait until then.”

A puzzling response. Wait until when? The boy asked a simple enough question, which could be answered with a yes or no. What did the Rebbe mean by “don’t wait until then”?

Here’s a thought:

Reincarnation to many means a second chance at life. An opportunity to complete unfinished business. “Will we have that chance?” asked that young man. “Yes we do but that is not an excuse for procrastination. Start the next chapter, the next life, of your lifetime today!”
Live this lifetime as if it’s your last. You may have past lives, and you may have future lives, but don’t wait until then. Do it now.

Mendel (Menachem) Bluming of Potomac Maryland and Rabbi Moss