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Is Hashem In The Bible

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Topic: Hashem, Origin of Name

Marilyn Brewer wrote:

Dear Rabbi,

Who is Hashem? I have never found that name in the Bible.


Dear Marilyn Brewer,

We use the word Hashem to refer to G-d. Literally, Hashem means "The Name." The word Hashem actually appears in the Torah, as in "...fear the great and awesome Hashem (Name) - the L-rd your G-d." (Deutoronomy 28:58).

Essentially, the reason for using a substitute is out of respect. The actual name of Hashem has inherent sanctity and must be treated with respect; for example, it may not be erased.


 
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