Where is God’s Place?


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?



  1. The Pesiktah Rabbati, Parsha 21, explains that “Hamakom” – The Place – as a name for God means that “He is the place of the world; the world is not His place.” This name stresses the concept that God created space, and that space is within God, and not the reverse.

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