Articles On This Topic:
The articles in the section are still being written. Topics will include
transmigration (gilgul), "temporary righteous possesison by a soul"
(ibbur), and the concept of the threefold soul (ru'ah, nefesh, and neshama).
You can leanr a little about each of these topics by visiting the Glossary.
About The Souls Icon:
The image conveys the concept of the threefold soul a Jew is said to possess.
Every living thing is endowed with a "breath of bones", or lifeforce
(here the smallest circle). Intelligent beings have a soul called the
nefesh, which more or less represents their personality in life (here
the middle circle, larger and of greater importance). The neshama (here
the largest circle), which is the eternal and holy soul bestowed on a
person from heaven, is very special. It is sometimes said only Jews have
a neshama, and even among them it must be earned or bestowed through piousness
and study of the Torah.