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Christians believe in the Holy Spirit. They believe that the Holy Spirit is the third hypostasis of the Trinity, and is thus 100% God. What Christians called the "New Testament" talks about the Holy Spirit a lot, and it was composed in a Jewish cultural context, which indicates that there was a general understanding of the Holy Spirit among Jews of the day.

How do Jews understand the concept of the Holy Spirit? I would predict that you don't believe he is God because you don't believe that God has a Triune nature. Perhaps you don't even believe the Holy Spirit is a person, and therefore it is inappropriate to refer to it as "he"?

I'm sure there are some references to the Holy Spirit in the Hebrew scriptures, but right now the only one that comes to mind is in the beginning of Genesis/Bereshit:

NJPS Genesis 1:1-2 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Now the earth was unformed and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters.

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    I don't see how this is off-topic. Essentially, the question is 'what is the Holy Spirit in Judaism?' and this is a subject on which our Sages have spilled no small amount of ink. – Lee Feb 13 '17 at 11:18
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    Alternatively, to make the question sound less Christian, it could be reworded to ask how Judaism interprets certain anthropomorphic verses (like Bereshit 1:2 cited in the question) which Christianity took in a more literal direction. – Lee Feb 13 '17 at 11:31
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    There is a Jewish concept called "Ruach haKodesh" which could be translated something like "holy wind" or so, but that doesn't mean it is in any way similar or related to the Christian "Holy Spirit". Neither "holy" nor "spirit" are such unique terms in religion, so this shouldn't be something surprising. Your example from Genesis is not this "Ruach HaKodesh" and your thinking it is the same Holy Spirit as in Chrisitanity is your Chrisitian background reading that in. – Double AA Feb 13 '17 at 14:26
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    I was torn about whether to close this as a comparative religion question but the reason I ultimately voted to close is because of the lack of significant evidence that such a concept exists in Judaism and lack of an explanation of what "Holy Spirit" is. You could ask "Christians believe the Holy Spirit is XYZ. Does Judaism believe that?" but when you ask if Judaism has some concept of <English expression here> it's essentially unanswerable unless that English expression is well-defined. – Daniel Feb 13 '17 at 20:11
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    @Lee I saw your edit, but voted to leave closed in the review queue. The problem with this question is not the fact that the New Testament was mentioned, but that the Holy Spirit was not explained, as Daniel mentions in the comment above mine. `@TheIronKnuckle, I would be happy to vote to reopen if you were to edit your question to include a description of the phenomenon you would like to know Judaism's position about. – MTL Feb 14 '17 at 3:59

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