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The role of the ruach, curiously, can be compared to the use of computer software. There are all types of software as with spirit.
All humans and all animals possess ruach (Eccl. 3:19 …all have one breath (ruach)). You can only understand why living beings are the way they are if you grasp the role of the ruach. This is essential and fundamental knowledge for psychology and spirituality.
(Mind-Body Problem Solved, Chapter 24 – Table of Contents)
God breathed neshama-consciousness into Adam’s nostrils; this is human awareness of their potential, their sensitivity to what they are; their five psychological characteristics that make them human, and the underlying basis of the mind; making them fundamentally different from animal-kind.
Coupled with the neshama comes the spirit in humans, the role of the ruach is a second…