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Dear Rabbi, God is called Hamakom, which literally means "The Place." For example: "HaMakom y'nachem etchem - May the Omnipresent comfort you," or "Baruch HaMakom, baruch Hu - Blessed is the Omnipresent, blessed is He." What is the origin/source of this name for God?
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Shalom Rabbi! I want to ask for an explanation about the source of the letters ABG YTZ etc. in the 42 letters that start the 42 words of the ANA BEKOACH we recite in the Korbanot following Birkot HaShachar. I know about the Holy Name of 42, being derived from the letters of Havayah, their Milui and the milui of the milui, but I don't know at all what is the source, origin, of the letters ABG YTZ etc. used in ANA BEKOACH. Please explain to me, Thank you in adavance, Moshe

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My shul prints a weekly Shabbat booklet. Most people read the booklet and then discard it. The booklet includes a prayer written in Hebrew. Excerpts from this printed prayer בָּרוּךְ אַתָה אֲדֹנָי אֱ־לֹהִים You have explained to me previously that the hyphen in Elohim allows one to discard the booklet in a respectful manner. My question is about the word Adonai - discard respectfully or bury? Since the booklet and prayer must have been reviewed and approved by our rabbi, I cannot believe that he would allow a word that requires burial. Thanks.  

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Hebrew for Elohim אֱלֹהִים אֱ־לֹהִים Is there any difference between the 2 words? What does the hyphen do? If a written document contains either version, can the document be discarded without burial?

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Hebrew for Adonai אֲדֹנָי יְיָ יְהוָֹה יהוה Am I correct that all four words are pronounced Adonai? If a written document contains the name of G-d, it should not be discarded; it should be buried. Which of these words would require burial? If not, why not?

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I have a version of the Bracha for Sefirot HaOmer. It has Hay Yud in place of Adonai. It has E-LoKEInu in place of EloHEInu. Because of these replacements, the paper does not have to be buried since it does not contain the name of G-d. Could you explain these two replacement words and why neither is the name of G-d? How does one pronounce Hay Yud? Are these replacement words only for writing purposes? Am I correct that I would still say Adonai and Eloheinu during my recitation? Thanks.

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I have a friend who is a Jehovah Witness, and we were discussing the name of God, and she said it was Jehovah, and when I said that we don't and can't really know His name, she said to look at Psalm 83, verse 18, so I did, and yes, it says there :"....whose name alone is JEHOVAH.....". I found this in the King James version. What can I say to my friend.
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