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What does SOUL mean?
Neshima, the Hebrew word for “breath,” is composed of the same letters, in the same order, as neshama, the Hebrew word for “soul.”

נֵ֣ר יְ֭הֹוָה נִשְׁמַ֣ת אָדָ֑ם חֹ֝פֵ֗שׂ כׇּל־חַדְרֵי־בָֽטֶן׃

The lifebreath of man is the lamp of Hashem Revealing all his inmost parts.

NER a-do-NAI nish-MAT a-DAM, kho-FES kol-khad-rei-va-TEN

Proverbs 20:27

וַיִּ֩יצֶר֩ יְהֹוָ֨ה אֱלֹהִ֜ים אֶת־הָֽאָדָ֗ם עָפָר֙ מִן־הָ֣אֲדָמָ֔ה וַיִּפַּ֥ח בְּאַפָּ֖יו נִשְׁמַ֣ת חַיִּ֑ים וַֽיְהִ֥י הָֽאָדָ֖ם לְנֶ֥פֶשׁ חַיָּֽה׃

Hashem formed man from the dust of the earth. He blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.

vai-YI-tser a-do-NAI e-lo-HEEM et ha-a-DAM a-FAR min ha-a-DA-ma, vai-pa-KH b'-a-PA-v nish-MAT cha-YEEM, vai-YI ha-a-DAM l'-NE-fesh cha-YAH

Genesis 2:7

Description about SOUL
When describing the creation of Adam, the first man, the Bible says that God blew “into his nostrils the breath of life,” a gift no other living being received. Jewish tradition teaches that each time we breathe, the original act of God breathing life into us is repeated. Man’s very breath came directly from God, infusing his being with a lofty soul capable of being conscious and aware of God’s presence in the world. Neshima, the Hebrew word for “breath,” is composed of the same letters, in the same order, as neshama, the Hebrew word for “soul.” Our precious souls, the very essence of our being, are truly the breath of God. “The soul of man is the candle of God, revealing all his innermost parts” (Proverbs 20:27). Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, an early Hasidic master, teaches that the human soul is literally a “piece” of God from above that is placed into each and every person. This Godly presence within us allows us to reveal our “innermost parts,” helping us recognize the strengths that God blessed each of us with, as well as our incomplete parts that need further development and fixing. The word neshama appears in the very last verse of the very last psalm in the Book of Psalms. “Let all souls praise God, Hallelujah!” (Psalms 150:6). Praising God and recognizing that everything God does is for the good is the highest expression of the soul.
Attribute of SOUL
Where is SOUL in the Bible?
Proverbs 20:27, Genesis 2:7
What did SOUL do in the Bible?
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