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In Vayikra 21:1Vayikra 21:1 it's stated that one should not defile himself for any (dead) 'nefesh' person... nefesh (person).

How can a word like Nefeshnefesh which seems to be the force that animated the body and gave it it's life, also mean the absence of that same life; death?

In Vayikra 21:1 it's stated that one should not defile himself for any (dead) 'nefesh' person...

How can a word like Nefesh which seems to be the force that animated the body and gave it it's life, also mean the absence of that same life; death?

In Vayikra 21:1 it's stated that one should not defile himself for any (dead) nefesh (person).

How can a word like nefesh which seems to be the force that animated the body and gave it it's life, also mean the absence of that same life; death?

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