words for "soul" ---- nefesh, etc.
Andrew C Smith
a.c.smith at juno.com
Thu Jan 7 17:00:47 EST 1999
Dear B-Hebrew People:
I found the following on a web site. I have not heard of "neshama"
before. Does this word occur in the Tanakh? If so, where?
>>A soul is like a chain with one end linked into the brain and the other
>>to a certain spiritual source. There are five levels of
>>the soul like the five links in a chain, each one parallel to the
>>spiritual sphere where it exists. However, we only relate to
>>the three bottom links as we have no understanding about the two top
>>ones. The three are 1) Nefesh 2) Ruach 3)
>>Neshama. The nefesh is the spiritual existence which resides in the
>>and keeps the physical metabolism working
>>and the person alive. The ruach is a connection between the neshama and
>>the nefesh. It is the cause of feelings and
>>personal qualities. The neshama is the spiritual existence which pulls
>>the man towards G-d, to the performance of good
>>deeds, to be pious and humble and to seek knowledge and achievement in
>>spiritual fields. It resides around the head.
>>When a person dies, it takes seven days before the parts of the soul
>>understand that it's all over and leave the body. Until
>>then they hover around the grave and travel to and fro between the
>>and the house of the deceased, waiting for the
>>body to start functioning again. The nefesh does not completely leave
>>until the body is decomposed.
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