Torah Nondualism

Shiviti Adonai L’Negdi Tamid (“I Place the Lord Before Me Always.” — Psalms 16:8)

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Torah Nondualism
Nondualism in Hebrew Scripture
The Egyptian Origin of the Sefirot
The Secret of the Hebrew Letter Shin
The Egyptian God Thoth
The Secret of the Divine Name Yahweh
The “Hand” That’s Really a Hebrew Letter That Changes the Entire Torah
The Secret of the Hebrew Letter Alef
Scribal Magic (the Letter Alef Revisited)
Inside the Holy of Holies of the Jerusalem Temple
The Secret of the Divine Name El Shaddai
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The Broken Peace That Is the Reward of Violence
Judaism Before Josiah
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(Jay Cumming)

Scribal Magic

The Secret Hidden in the Divine Name Yahweh

In the Torah, the holiest and most secret name of God is written with the Hebrew letters yud‑hei‑vov‑hei (“Y‑H‑V‑H”), but pronounced out loud in a synagogue as if the letters were alef‑dalet‑nun‑yud (“A‑D‑N‑Y”). In Hebrew, the letters Y‑H‑V‑H are not readily pronounceable, although some scholars suggest the pronunciation “Yahweh,” and that pronunciation has been adopted in English. The letters A‑D‑N‑Y are pronounced “Adonai” in Hebrew, a word that means “My Lord.” According to the Kabbalah, we should interweave the letters of these two names (one written and one spoken) to discover their secret. Doing so produces the names Y‑A‑H‑D‑V‑N‑H‑Y and A‑Y‑D‑H‑N‑V‑Y‑H, which are not intelligible words in Hebrew, but for a scribe trained in how the Hebrew letters are drawn, interweaving the letters of the two names hints at a great secret.


We start with the letter yud (“Y”), which has the simple appearance of a seed-like drop. (See image at right, rightmost letter.) According to Jewish hermeneutics, spelling out the names of letters is one way of probing the hidden secrets of scripture. If we spell out the name of the letter yud (“Y”) we get the letters yud (“Y”), vov (“U” or “V”), and dalet (“D”). These three letters are particularly important because they are components in the construction of other letters, as will be shown.


Using the image above, closely examine the shapes of the Hebrew letters yud (“Y”), vov (“U” or “V”), and dalet (“D”). If we rotate a yud (“Y”) until it is fully inverted and then tuck it inside a dalet (“D”), we get the Hebrew letter hei (“H”). (See image at left.) Thus, a hei is comprised of a dalet and a yud, combined into a single letter.


Next, if we rotate the entire Hebrew letter hei (“H”) until it is fully inverted (see image at right)...


...and if we then split it apart with a diagonal letter vov (“V”), we get the Hebrew letter alef (“A”) (see image at left). Thus, the Hebrew alef (“A”) is comprised of three components. The rightmost component is a letter yud (“Y”); the middle component is a letter vov (“U” or “V”) rotated slightly counterclockwise; and the leftmost component is a letter dalet (“D”) rotated so far counterclockwise that it is fully inverted. We see, therefore, that the Hebrew letter alef (“A”), when examined closely, actually spells out the name of the Hebrew letter yud (“Y”), implying that these letters are, in some sense, the same. The yud (“Y”) has the appearance of a seed-like drop, but by spelling out its name, we find that it contains a hidden alef (“A”), and as we shall soon see, it contains much more...


The above image is a depiction of God’s name. Read from right to left, the blue constitutes the Hebrew letters yud‑hei‑vov‑hei (“Y‑H‑V‑H”), which, as noted, is pronounced “Yahweh” in English. Because these letters do not form a readily pronounceable word in Hebrew, the name represents a scriptural conundrum — it must signify something, but we’re not quite sure what. That obscurity, of course, makes it a very suitable name for God. Some commentators have argued that the name is formed by combining into one word the Hebrew words for “he was” (HaYaH), “he is” (HoVeH), and “he will be“ (YiHYeH), thus implying timeless existence. But, of course, Y‑H‑V‑H could not be the true form of this secret name of God, for if it were, then anyone with even a beginner’s knowledge of Hebrew would know this name, and it would quickly be cheapened by casual repetition. Rather, the letters Y‑H‑V‑H represent an encoded form of the name.


For ease of reference, the image depicting God’s name is repeated here (at the right) and several times below. Superimposed on top of the blue letters of the name yud‑hei‑vov‑hei (“Y‑H‑V‑H”) are the white letters alef‑dalet‑nun‑yud (“A‑D‑N‑Y”), spelling “Adonai” (Eng.: “My Lord”). As noted, when the Torah is read out loud in the synagogue, the letters of God’s name yud‑hei‑vov‑hei (“Y‑H‑V‑H”) are pronounced as “Adonai.” But when the letters of those two names (one written and one spoken) are superimposed, one atop the other, one easily recognizes several correspondences among the various letter-shapes.


The second-from-the-right of the blue letters is the Hebrew letter hei (“H”) of the name yud‑hei‑vov‑hei (“Y‑H‑V‑H,” or “Yahweh”). The white letter dalet (“D”) of the name alef‑dalet‑nun‑yud (“A‑D‑N‑Y,” or “Adonai”) is superimposed on top of it. It is thus easy to see that the white letter dalet (“D”) is the same shape as the right leg and crossbar of the Hebrew letter hei (“H”).


Now, look at the leftmost of the blue letters. It is also a letter hei (“H”), but superimposed on it is the white letter yud (“Y”) of the name alef‑dalet‑nun‑yud (“A‑D‑N‑Y,” or “Adonai”). It is easy to see that the white letter yud (“Y”) is the same shape as the left leg of the letter hei (“H”), but inverted. In other words, as already noted, the Hebrew letter hei (“H”) is drawn by combining a letter dalet (“D”) and a letter yud (“Y”) into a single letter. It is also worth examining the third blue letter from the right. It is a letter vov (“V”), but superimposed on it is the white letter nun (“N”) of the name alef‑dalet‑nun‑yud (“A‑D‑N‑Y,” or “Adonai”). One can easily see that the white letter nun (“N”) is the same shape as the vov (“V”), but with a horizontal bar added at its base.


Finally, the small white letter alef (“A”), which is superimposed over the rightmost of the blue letters, is drawn using three components already discussed: a yud (“Y”), a vov (“V”), and a dalet (“D”). Since the yud (“Y”) and dalet (“D”) can also be combined to make a hei (“H”), the three components of the letter alef (“A”) include all the letter shapes that one needs to construct God’s name yud‑hei‑vov‑hei (“Y‑H‑V‑H,” or “Yahweh”). Thus, the letter alef (“A”) is a compact way of depicting the name Yahweh.


But in the letter alef (“A”), the yud (“Y”) and the dalet (“D”) are separated by a vov (“V”), hinting at the splitting of the letter hei (“H”) into its component parts. If we split the leftmost hei (“H”) of God’s name yud‑hei‑vov‑hei (“Y‑H‑V‑H,” or “Yahweh”), making that hei (“H”) into the dalet‑yud (“D‑Y”) that it comprises, then the name becomes yud‑hei‑vov‑dalet‑yud (“Y‑H‑V‑D‑Y”), which spells “Yehudi” in Hebrew, meaning “Judean” or simply “Jew.” (See image below.) Thus, the Hebrew name of the Jewish people (“Yehudi”) is the secret of God’s name Yahweh.


Yehudi (“Jew”)

For this reason, the Torah tells the Jewish people: “[If you are rigtheous,] all the peoples of the earth will see that the name yhvh is proclaimed over you, and they will revere you.” (Deuteronomy 28:10)

The foregoing is taken from Torah Nondualism: Diversity, Conflict, and Synthesis in the Pentateuch.

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