In Book 1, Chapter 1 of Nishmat Ḥayyim, Menasseh ben Israel writes as follows:
This term [nishmat ḥayyim, used in Gen. 2:7] alludes to the angels, as Rabbi Simeon bar Yoḥai explained: the Holy One blessed be He blew into man a soul of the nature of Separate Intelligences, who live and persist [eternally] as individuals.
Menasseh is here interpreting the Biblical statement that God blew into Adam’s nostrils the breath of life [nishmat ḥayyim].
Does anyone know what passage—presumably from the Zohar—Menasseh is referring to here?
Many thanks in advance.
University of Arkansas