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How do you know that you have a soul?
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(10) Karim Yaou, December 9, 2018 6:19 PM


I know it by my mobility power and action i can do after reflet

(9) Mirymir, December 9, 2018 5:47 PM

The Kingdom within

I don't know that I *have* a soul; I know that I am a soul - and am created in the image of G-d.

(8) menachem, December 9, 2018 3:42 PM


I'm a live

(7) CHRIS KELLY, December 9, 2018 3:36 PM

creator power

the power beyond the sun which creates life on earth. dominion over the animal kingdom allow only humans to be on top. Intellectual reason is the gift to know deity is there. If man did not have a GOD he would create one for surviving.

(6) Reuven Frank, December 9, 2018 3:26 PM

I've felt it.

There have been times in my life when I've felt my Neshama=Soul.

deep in prayer, or
dancing with abandon, or
singing a Nigun (wordless song), or
holding my newborn child for the first time.

(5) David Chester, December 9, 2018 3:01 PM

Do I have a soul?

How can I know? Only by belief in God and the claim that we all have some small splinter of His great power within us. Having a soul is more that wanting to do the right thing--that's heart. And its not aiming for what is right--that's spirit, but having the pre-set moral obligation for the desire for action of love, peace and justice.

(4) Gila Perach Hirsh, December 9, 2018 2:30 PM

The soul lends life to the body, the dust of the earth

The soul is eternal Life.
The body is Death returning to Death.
The soul lends life to the body for the duration of the mission.
We see the soul enter and leave the body with the first and last breath.

(3) KAMI, December 9, 2018 2:25 PM

I was holding my fathers hand....

I was holding my father’s hand as he was dying when I looked at him some hours later I could see the change I know I saw his soul leave his body.

(2) Jaya, December 9, 2018 2:09 PM

Soul !

There are rare moments when I am able to meditate and sense a wastness that is awe inspiring and I feel I am in touch with something that is my soul that words cannot describe .

(1) Gershom, December 9, 2018 12:11 PM

I know I have a SOUL - because .....

How do I know - I have a SOUL in English. A NEFESH in Hebrew.
In truth - it's a learned concept. Which - without some sort of identifiably specific physical evidence. I don't think anyone can truly say - they knew/know that - they've got a SOUL/NEFESH. Since - it's so specifically tied to - religious belief(s) - from where we learned of it - early on in our lives.

Almost all Judeo/Chr-stians - learned of having a SOUL - from the Torah - that G-D gave us. In the Torah - HE - spoke of the SOUL. And our life's blood is the SOUL. He also taught us - that when we slaughter our Korban/Sacrifices - and or meat(s) that we eat - we must POUR OUT THE BLOOD - which is life's SOUL - etc..

Just like other cultures - call a hand - or foot - by a word(s) familiar to them. In some cultures - the concept of the SOUL - may be identified differently.
As I recall - some cultures - consider the brain - and others - the heart - as being in essence - the SOUL - of a person.

The Egyptians - had a concept of SOUL - which went with the Pharaoh - to the heavens.

So- I guess - I'd have to end up saying - I know I've got a SOUL - because - G-D - told me so.

Anonymous, December 9, 2018 1:26 PM

Great answer Gershom, you chose to address the literal meaning of the question. I think Aish may also mean, how do we “know”, as in how do we feel our soul within us.
I know I have a soul when I feel joy or bring joy to others. I know I have a soul when I’m drawn to seeking out Jewish wisdom, to develop my character, when I feel connection to G-d’s love, gratitude for all He gives, feel His mercy, kindness, patience, and forgiveness, when He wakes me up each day and says, “here is My gift to you, use it well.”

Gershom, December 9, 2018 6:49 PM

It's a learned concept ......

Anonymous - I understand - and understood - what Aish said - and might have meant.

I also understand - how you feel. And - so far - how all the others - are expressing their belief in knowing - that they have a SOUL.

But - I stand with what I stated - in the first paragraph - of what I wrote: "In truth - it's a learned concept" - almost from birth.
UNLESS - G-D - has revealed - or reveals it to us - in a finite way.

Because - since birth - we have been taught - a humongous number of concepts - on how to comprehend our existence - by a variety of those - who've had a meaningful relationship with us. As well as - from books - etc., - that we've learned from.
Such as G-D did in His Torah. Which we believe - came from Him.

And if you believe - as some scientific studies have shown. There is learning - from the moment of conception - and during the gestation period - until physically exiting the womb. Which may be - G-D's way - of spiritually - enlightening us - while we're in the womb.

Afterward - (birth that is) - psychologically - we tend to accept a concept best - from those we unconsciously feel - are our best mentors. Be that - our father - mother - friend - or any religious mentor. Like for us - a Rabbi - or a non-Jewish priest - etc..
Which may cause us - to comprehend the concept of SOUL - or anything else - in a myriad of ways.

So - believing that we have a SOUL - is as I see it - a learned concept. For most people - it answers - and gives us - a feeling of security - comfort - and peace. And - one less thing to worry about.


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