If animals don't have spirits (Does anyone have a proof text that animals *don't* have spirits?), then what is the meaning of nishmat ruach chayim in Bereshit 7:22? And in what way does it differ from the nishmat chayim of humans?
See Derekh HaShem here paragraph beginning with "והנה". A partial quotation:
כי אין נפש הבעלי חיים אלא דבר גשמי, מן הדקים שבגשמיות ― Although animals may have a soul, it is not a spiritual entity, it is the most fine of physical entities.
If so what is meant by 'the most fine physical entity'? And if only the human soul is spiritual, what does it mean? Cause aren't both humans and animal soul non-physical (non-touchable, not visible etc.)