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Number of Neshamos


Shalom. I have a tradition that there are only 600,000 ‘souls’ in Klal Yisroel. If so, how do we reconcile this number with the current estimate of 14.2 million Jews, presently alive? I know that a husband and wife together are considered ‘1 soul’ and that children before Bar/Bat Mitzva age are not counted in the above, but even with that consideration, the numbers don’t seem to add up (in my humble opinion). Thank you.


At Mt Sinai there were a few million people. (Only 600,000 men between the ages of 20-60), Even if it does say somewhere that there were only 600,000 souls, perhaps it means principal or major souls, and these souls we divided into minor souls?



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  1. see Tanya (lekuti amorim chapter 37 – 38) that there are 600000 root souls. He reconciles the current number of souls that are currently in the world.

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