how to say “five individuals” in Hebrew

חָמֵשׁ נְפָשׁוֹת

You may know the word נפש – soul or mind – from the name of the organization Nefesh B’Nefesh – literally, soul with soul. In Biblical Hebrew it refers to the soul or the self, as well individuals.

Thus when speaking of occupants of a home, the word is נפשות – souls.

For example:

אצלנו בדירה יש חמש נפשות.

In our apartment there are (living) five individuals.

נפש is a feminine noun.


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