The Name of G-d:

In the Jewish Scriptures G-d’s name is spelt with four consonants YHWH (this is called the Tetragrammaton or ‘four letters’). Jewish teaching says that the name is so holy that only the High Priest knew how to pronounce it and that he only spoke it once a year, alone, in the Holy of Holies in the Temple at Jerusalem. When they see these four letters Jews usually say the name Adonai which means Lord. Many Jews will not write the word which is a translation of this name and instead put G-d. In some parts of the Tenakh the name Hashem is also used for G-d – it means ‘the Name’.

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