אֶפֶש, אֶיפֶש,m. (אפש, √אף, cmp. חפץ; corresp. to b. h. נֶפֶש, v. Jer. 15:1) desire, pleasure; (only with personal pron. as suffix). Naz.IV, 5 אי אַפְשִׁיוכ׳ I will not live with an offensive woman. Keth.XII, 3 אי א׳ לזוזוכ׳ I cannot leave my husbands house. Y.Yoma VII, 45b bot. אי א׳ שיכפרוכ׳ I do not want the Day of Atonement to bring me forgiveness. Y.Yeb.XIII, beg.13b א׳ בנישואיך I am willing to marry thee. Num. R. s. 13 (alluding to Gen. 3:22) אמר אדם אי א׳ said Adam, I cannot (do penitence). Said the Lord, ‘And now,said Adam ‘pen, ‘by no means, ‘I will not. Y.Keth.VII, 31b bot. אי א׳ אשה (read באשה). Y.Pes.VIII, 35d bot. א׳ שתמנה (read אי א׳). Y. Gitt. VI, 1; a. fr. Gen. R. s. 38 אי אַפְשֵׁנוּוכ׳ we desire neither him nor his divine protection.

Dictionary of the Targumim, the Talmud Babli and Yerushalmi, and the Midrashic Literature. . 1903.

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