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the questioner forgot to add that there is a clear verse in the Torah that says “They sacrificed to demons” (Deuteronomy 32:17). This shows that the Torah itself testifies that demons exist, so how could Maimonides not believe in them? Another question is how could Rabbi Saadiah Gaon not believe in reincarnation? He even says that people who believe in it are fools who are need of Hashem's mercy. Maimonides didn't even mention reincarnation in his writings and his son Avraham ben Harambam spoke sharply against this belief: “The final reward is in the World to Come. Some of the primitive nations had a hard time accepting this idea, so they began to believe in the concept of reincarnation, that when a person dies and a soul leaves the body, it goes into a different body. A wise person and someone who is true to the Torah will not believe this, but the primitive nations do, and they are the ones that Hashem erased their names from this world.” How could this be? Another question is that Maimonides in Guide for the Perplexed calls the angels that were revealed to the prophet “a chizion - hallucination”. What, Maimonides doesn't believe in angels? However, in the Laws of Foundations of the Torah he does talk about “angels”! Another question is that the Arizal commanded his student Rabbi Chaim Vital not to go the graves of righteous people on Shabbat and holidays because at these times the souls ascend on high and they are not resting on the grave. So how could it be that people do go to these graves on the Eve of the holiday and even stay there on the holiday itself?