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Why is the name "Elohim," in plural form?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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Due to grammatical reasons, the word "master" in Hebrew is always in plural form. See, for example, Genesis 39:20 and Exodus 22:13. That is why of all of G-d's names, only Elohim ("The Master") is pluralized.

The name Elohim, however, refers to the level of G-dliness which dominates over and is constantly vitalizing all of creation
Chassidut explains that the name Y-H-V-H refers to G-d's essence which is absolutely One and has no connection to the multiple worlds and creations.

The name Elohim, however, refers to the level of G-dliness which dominates over and is constantly vitalizing all of creation. Because of its connection to the plurality of creation, it is pluralized, as well.

[See also Ibn Ezra on Genesis 1:1.]


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Chassidut
The teachings of the Chassidic masters. Chassidut takes mystical concepts such as G-d, the soul, and Torah, and makes them understandable, applicable and practical.
Genesis
The first book of the Five Books of Moses. It records the story of Creation and its aftermath, and chronicles the lives of the Patriarchs.
Ezra
1. A Hebrew priest and scribe, who, together with Nehemiah, revived Judaism in the 4th century BCE. He was instrumental in the building of the 2nd Temple. 2. One of the 24 books of the Bible, which describes the events of Ezra's lifetime.
Exodus
1. The miraculous departure of the Israelites from Egyptian bondage in 1312 BCE. 2. The second of the Five Books of Moses. This book describes the aforementioned Exodus, the giving of the Torah, and the erection of the Tabernacle.
G-d
It is forbidden to erase or deface the name of G-d. It is therefore customary to insert a dash in middle of G-d's name, allowing us to erase or discard the paper it is written on if necessary.