What is the breath of life that flowed through Adam's body?

As we read in the Tanakh, Adam was created from the dust of the earth and God breathed the breath of life into his nostrils. So, what is this breath of life that flowed through Adam's body?

The Hebrew word for breath is "neshamah," which can also be translated as soul or spirit. This suggests that the breath of life that God breathed into Adam was not just oxygen, but also the essence of life itself.

In Jewish tradition, the breath of life is seen as a divine gift that connects us to God. It is what makes us human and gives us the ability to think, feel, and create. Without the breath of life, we would simply be lifeless shells.

Furthermore, the breath of life is also associated with the concept of free will. In the same way that God gave Adam the ability to choose between good and evil, the breath of life gives us the ability to make choices and decide our own paths in life.

The breath of life is not just a physical phenomenon, but also a spiritual one. It is what connects us to our Creator and to each other. In Jewish prayer, we acknowledge this connection by saying "neshamah kol chai," which means "the breath of all living things."

As we continue to breathe in and out, we are reminded of the gift of life and the responsibility that comes with it. It is up to us to use our breath of life to make the world a better place, to seek knowledge and wisdom, and to connect with others in love and compassion.

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Jamie Larson