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In what sense does the Arizal claim that Rabbi Akiva was the reincarnation of Cain?

I'm not claiming to give a full answer; I did learn about this topic, but I don't remember the specific example. However, there is one answer which works in general. In Judaism, the concept of ...
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Birthmarks - What are they?

It has been quoted in the name of The Great Rebbe Moshe Tetelbaum of Uhel, Author of YISMACH MOSHE, that he said he remembered the different gilgulim (incarnations) which he had been in in his past ...
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Convert attached to another gilgul?

This concept is explored in the Arizal's Sha'ar HaGilgulim 1:10 (An English translation is available by here) The Chabad website gives a nice overview here and then continues into the follow section 1:...
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Why do we forgive past incarnations every night?

R Yisroel Reisman in his book Pathways of the Prophets asks exactly your question (p. 440) and answers In a previous life, Reuven may have lived as Yaakov. Today Yaakov is no longer alive. Still, ...
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Being with a non Jew

Just to clarify -- if one wronged another person, then one must apologize to them as part of teshuva. Consensual behavior, however, would not require their apology. The answer is yes -- teshuva works....
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Does the Arizal really say Yeshu was the reincarnation of Eisav?

Yes, at the end of chapter 67 in Sefer HaGilgulim it brings exactly what was cited in your question from Rabbi Ariel Bar Tzadok. The Ari z"l, as quoted in a hand-written note from Rabbi Chaim ...
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No true novel Torah?

It depends what Midrash you’re reading. On the one hand we have the Gemara, Shabbos 30b: דכתיב (קהלת א, ג) מה יתרון לאדם בכל עמלו שיעמול תחת השמש ואמרי דבי ר' ינאי תחת השמש הוא דאין לו קודם שמש יש ...
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Reincarnation as animals

In the Gate of Reincarnation Chapter 22, Rabbi Vital passes on from the Arizal that indeed it is possible to be reincarnated into inanimate objects, plants and animals, depending on the correction ...
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Can an entire group undergo gilgul (basically: collective reincarnation) at the same time?

In the book Mishnat haGilgulim it says that the 24.000 inhabitants of Shchem are the 24.000 from the Tribe of Shimon who sinned with the Midianite women and are the 24.000 thousand Students of Rabbi ...
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What are we supposed to achieve during our lifetime?

According to Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto, in his work Mesilat Yesharim (1:26) the primary purpose of man is to: fulfill the commandments, serve [G-d] and stand up to trials. In 1952, people asked the ...
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Why do we forgive past incarnations every night?

Rabbi Eliezer said: “Repent one day before your death.” So his disciples asked him: “Does a person know which day he will die?” Rabbi Eliezer responded: “Certainly, then, a person should repent today, ...
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Does the Arizal really say Yeshu was the reincarnation of Eisav?

As @Harel13 commented: In the Book, Pri Eitz Chaim, here, (the Teachings of Isaac Luria / Arizal, recorded by his student Chayim Vital), it says the following: "It's found in another place: It's ...
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Must a person do Teshuvah on sins done by previous Gilgulim?

Yes, there are others who have said this before the CA and after him. Of recent poskim/kabbalists Ben Ish Chai echoed as follows (1st year, p. Ki Tisa): והנה הדבר הזה יפלא: משה בחיר ה' מה עון ומה ...
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Does the concept of ibur exist today?

Rav Moshe David Wali (18th century) writes in the ספר הליקוטים page 26 (חלק א'‏): ועוד לו המשכה פרטית מן הפרטית בין בתלמוד בין במעשה שבא לו סיוע מנשמותיהן של צדיקים ושל חכמים, ואם הוא מעיין ...
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Is the Moshiach in Judaism a “returning” type figure?

According to the Arizal (cited, e.g. here), the name אדם - Adam, includes the acronym: א=אדם; ד= דוד; מ=משיח (or, speculatively perhaps מנחם=מ), representing his three gilgulim. This is understood to ...
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Can an entire group undergo gilgul (basically: collective reincarnation) at the same time?

Yes, Chapter 30 of Sha'ar HaGilgulim by Rabbi Chaim Vital, (based on the teachings of his teacher the Arizal) discusses groups of souls from the same origin within the body of Adam HaRishon,and how ...
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Reincarnation of the soul of the person that got hurt

I foud this here: https://allparsha.org/p/102915 "The Ramak, Zohar, Reishit Chachmah (Sha’ar Anavah 5:40), Gra, and the Chafetz Chaim (S’fat Tamim, Chap. 4) all wrote that one of the primary ...
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According to the theory of Gilgul Nashamot, are there new souls?

See Yevamos 62a (https://www.sefaria.org.il/Yevamot.62a.17?ven=William_Davidson_Edition_-_English&vhe=William_Davidson_Edition_-_Vocalized_Aramaic&lang=he&with=all&lang2=he) אֵין בֶּן ...
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Connection between Yitro and Malchizedek?

"Melchizedek was Shem, son of Noah (Nedarim 32b)." Ok Im not 100% sure Im reading this correctly but based on this it would seem they are somewhat connected by reincarnation. ואז נולד חיאל ...
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Question about reincarnation

I am not familiair with your question, nor is the kabbalistic concept of gilgul my field of expertise. However, it might be interesting to know that one of the main purposes of reincarnation is to do ...
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What earliest sources mention reincarnation explicitly?

Assuming you believe it was written by Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, the Zohar, parashat Mishpatim is likely the earliest explicit source concerning gilgulim.
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Soul mates, death and remarriage - who will we spend eternity with?

Rav Chaim David HaLevi has an amazing Teshuvah that addresses some of these issues from a spiritual perspective, though not necessarily all the emotional ramifications you are looking for. Legally, a ...
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How could Adam HaRishon have contained all the souls that would ever be inside of him, including evil, even before the sin?

See Eruvin 18 where Gemara tells of how Adam seperated from Chava after the sin for 130 years and emitted nocturnal seed while sleeping. See Arizal's Shaar Hapesukim on Shemos (1:8) for a lengthy ...
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What are we supposed to achieve during our lifetime?

We have been brought into this world to praise G-d and make the world a better place. As it says in Pirkei Avot 2:16 It is not incumbent upon you to complete the work, yet you are not free to desist ...
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Is all mankind suppose to reach the level of the Tzadick

Gershom Scholem (Kabbalah, p. 347) wrote: In the Bahir it is stated that transmigration may continue for 1,000 generations, but the common opinion in the Spanish Kabbalah is that in order to atone ...
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According to the theory of Gilgul Nashamot, are the souls of converts reincarnations of souls that previously inhabited Jewish bodies?

When the talmud speaks about converting it says a convert that converts. As opposed to a non jew that converts. Rabbi Yehuda Hachasid explains because he was already destined to convert. Rav Yehuda ...
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Portion in olam haba and gilgulim

Kol israel yesh lahem heilek leoilom habo! All Jews have a portion in the world to come (vias haMoshaich). When it is written that there are those who don’t it means that those who don’t will also be ...
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Have all my reincarnations been Jewish?

As mentioned in this answer according to the Arizal, one of the reasons for the daily blessing of not being made a heathen is that each night a person returns his soul to the creator and it[sic] ...
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Does Eternal Gehinnom (i.e. Eternal Judgment leading to Eternal Punishment) negate the concept of Reincarnation?

This answer is assuming the reincarnation of the OP is not rival of the dead, as clarified in the comments, but is referring to what is commonly called Gilgul Neshamos. As I mention in my answer to ...
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