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The Name of our God

Are we allowed to pronounce His Name?

8 Tishrei 5780 | October 7th, 2019

It is well known among Christians and within Judaism that it isn’t allowed to pronounce the name of our God, the God of our fathers Avraham, Yitschak and Ya’akov. We’ve been told:

“Only the cohen hagadol [high priest] was allowed to pronounce the name of our God one time a year, on Yom HaKippurim [the Day of Atonement] and only in the Kodesh HaKodashim [the Holy of Holies]. On any other day, he wasn’t allowed to pronounce the name of Eloneinu [our God], just like everyone else.”

They teach us that God’s Name is too holy for us to pronounce it. We’ve also been told that it is written in the Bible/TaNaKH that only the high priest was allowed to pronounce God’s Name one time a year.

This gave me the reason to dig in the Bible/TaNaKH, looking for the place where it is written. Even more, because in the Hebrew language the Name of our God is written and in some Hebrew translations with full vowels.

In this article, I have arranged my findings as follows: