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Please Note: On this page I may show the four letter blessed *“Memorial Name” of the Almighty in Ivrit - - Y-H-V-H, which we usually pronounce as “Adonai or “HaShem”. At all times treat the most blessed Name with sanctity and when we even see the Name, we should say “blessed be His Sanctified Name.”

 

*This is My Name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.” Shemot - Exodus 3:15.

 

On this site I will mostly use a version based on the “Jewish Publication Society” (JPS) of the Torah/Tanakh

Although some minor alterations have been made only relating to names and attributes having been corrected

Who is God?

The answer may shock you!

But I fully believe and love our Elohim, blessed be He!

With Rabbi Reuven Ben-Avraham.

Of course a name represents the reputation of one who is being named, and it is vital that a name should be treated with the same respect as the reputation of the one it is spoken about. For this reason, Elohim’s Name, in all of their forms, must be treated with enormous respect and reverence by all Yisrael - Israel, and those who have come into the faith. However, I really have come to a point, where I must clarify something, for sadly it is generally not understood that a certain word that we as Jews tend to use for our loving Creator is actually right, and I have to rectify this, by providing you with the fact, as well as providing you with proofs from the Tanakh!

What does the word “Elohim” really Mean?

1Q - The Ivrit - Hebrew word “Elohim,” is it a Name? For example the Name of our beloved Creator, blessed be He?

. ANo it is not, for Elohim is and never has been a name!

2… Then what does the blessed word Elohim mean?

The truth is that the Ivrit - Hebrew word “Elohim” clearly tells us who and what our beloved Creator is, thus it is a word and it certainly is not a name. The truth is that the word “Elohim” is an “Attribute” of Our Blessed Creator!

3… Thus “Elohim” is this the correct word to use as the Attribute, for the Almighty? And certainly not that pagan word ‘god’.

For those who know the Tanakh well, will know that there were countless pagan gods around in ancient times, including that one who was known as “Gad” also pronounced as “Gaad,” “Gawd” and “God.” We can read about this pagan god in Yeshayahu - Isaiah chapter 65, where Elohim warns His people Israel as follows;

The first verse comes from the ‘New Kings James Version’ (NKJV):

“But you are those who forsake the LORD, who forget My holy mountain, Who prepare a table for - Gad (the Syrio-Babylonian god of fortune), and who furnish a drink offering for Meni (the god of destiny)” Yeshayahu - Isaiah 65:11.

Now I will use the ‘Jewish Publication Society’ (JPS) version of the Tanakh. Strangely the (JPS) version translates it more simply.

“But ye that forsake , that forget My holy mountain, that prepare a table for Fortune (in Ivrit - Hebrew Fortune is written as: - Gad), and that offer mingled wine in full measure unto Destiny (again in Ivrit it is written as Meni)” Yeshayahu - Isaiah 65:11 (JPS Tanakh version).

However, it is very strange that in the JPS version the name of “Gad” or “Fortune” is suddenly spelled with a capital ‘F’ and “Meni” or “Destiny” with a capital ‘D’.

The words of the prophet Yeshayahu - Isaiah demonstrate the widespread worship of this false deity whose name was “Gad,” which Judah had apparently embraced along with that other false deity named “Meni.” Yet, you may have also noted that Elohim’s “holy mountain” received no capitals at all, which I found very strange indeed. Ask yourselves the question, why suddenly give these two pagan names/words Capitals, yet Elohim’s Holy Mountain seems to be downgraded to the lowercase? Very strange!

The evil name of “Baal-gad” is also mentioned in Yahushua - Joshua 11:17 as well as in other Sefer’s. This Syrian idol Gad was considered to be a very powerful deity who was supposed to control the planet Jupiter, which was a part of ancient Semitic worship and it was later embraced by many successive nations, including Greece, as well as in Rome, for in Roman mythology, Jupiter is the ruler of all the gods, the son of the god Saturn, whom he overthrew. Thus in Rome this “Gad” or “God” was a powerful god indeed and the word we know is in reality the name of this pagan so-called deity.

“Christendom” in Europe, through various scripture translators inadvertently expanded the phonetic vocalization of “Gad, to Gawd” and eventually Gad became “God” and it was they who substituted, “God,” instead of using “El” or “Elohim” throughout the “Tanakh”, as well as using the words “the LORD” in capitals, instead of using the four letter “Memorial Name” in Ivrit (Y-H-V-H) the Tetragrammaton. The Ivrit (Hebrew) word “Elohim” literally means, “Mightiest of the Mighty”.

The question arises, why do we Jews as well as christians for that matter use this hideous pagan word “god”, for it is the name of a pagan god? In the Tanakh, the attribute of our Heavenly Father, blessed be He, is mostly “Elohim” or “El”, thus, we should ONLY use this word, being the attribute that distinguishes our Elohim, the Creator of the Heaven and the Earth from all those pagan gawd’s and gods of the world!

However, for some strange reason priests and rabbis of later times had sadly had lost the plot, just like in the days of Yirmyahu – Jeremiah, and they decided that “Gad” would be a name and indeed it was, but it was just not the name of our Elohim, the Almighty, and because of their error all of Judaism is using a pagan name along with every other faith, and that is evil. These evil ones feel that we should be showing respect for our Elohim, and thus they revere this pagan god thus they even forced most of us write it as G-d, but I am sorry it still remains the name of an evil pagan god!

Below are several Powerful Messages from the Torah!

You Change My Torah and be Damned!

It is vital that we remember what we are told in Devarim - Deuteronomy chapter 4, verse 2 as well as chapter 5, verses 28-29.

Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish from it, that ye may keep the commandments of   your Elohim which I command you” Devarim - Deuteronomy 4:2 (JPS).

“Ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the leftYe shall walk in all the ways which   your Elohim hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you” Devarim - Deuteronomy 5:28-29 (JPS).

What will happen to those who disobey Elohim and add and change His Torah, it will be the opposite of what He said here – “that ye may live, and that it may be well with you”. Remember what happened to all those that worshipped the Golden Calf at Sinai? And why our beloved Moshe Rabbeinu was not permitted to enter the Promised Land?

Tragically Elohim knew that man would interfere with what He had given and thus on various occasions clearly stated “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish from it” yet they still dared to alter and change, and add so much to the blessed Torah Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, had so lovingly had given us!

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For those who have not been to Shul for a long time, yet you have a yearning to learn more about the Torah and grow in being a good and faithful Jew, why not read the other studies online as well as the guides on top of the Main Index.

And remember our motto seen on the logo at the top of this page: “The More Torah, the More Life”, for Elohim, blessed be His Sanctified Name, is the one who gave us Life!

Rabbi Reuven Ben-Avraham.

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