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The Many Names

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Kabbalah 72 Names of G-d




Shemhamphorash
or The 72 Names of G-d

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There is an ancient admonition against using G-d's name. You have heard the expression "Don't use G-d's name in vain". There is an explanation as to why many of us continue to follow the old ways.

Hashem (the
non-sacred name of G-d) allows some few of us to make temporary contact with him through the use of his many names. This might seem contradictory to some because the most fundamental principle of Judaism is the wholehearted acceptance of the Unity of the Creator. If Our Lord is One, how can he be separated into parts or names? But Hashem knows our limited capacities, so he gave us the ability to contact him directly through the careful use of his 72 names. Each name is an attribute of the Holy One, Blessed be He.

We must be very careful if we use any of the names. Each name
attracts something different and there can be very unpleasant consequences. Some believe that even use of the incomplete name "G-d" can be dangerous without the proper intent because its vocalization can attract forces that are strange and bizarre. It is safest to refer to G-d as Hashem, which is the Hebrew word for "the name".

Each of Hashem's names is unique, just as we are unique. The danger of misusing the names goes far beyond the normal. Whichever name we use can radically change our connection with the Unity. The ancients warned us so that we could be saved from peril caused by the misuse of any of Hashem's names. They believed that misuse could destroy the world.

The names are really not names at all. They are vessels for the ancient transport system to connectivity with and understanding of the Unity.

Some Kabbalists believe that the Torah is the entire name of G-d
divided into words so that puny human minds could comprehend it.




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