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Why is the name "Elohim," in plural form?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

Due to grammatical reasons, the word "master" in Hebrew is always in plural form. See, for example, Genesis 39:20 and Exodus 22:13. That is why of all of G-d's names, only Elohim ("The Master") is pluralized.

The name Elohim, however, refers to the level of G-dliness which dominates over and is constantly vitalizing all of creation
Chassidut explains that the name Y-H-V-H refers to G-d's essence which is absolutely One and has no connection to the multiple worlds and creations.

The name Elohim, however, refers to the level of G-dliness which dominates over and is constantly vitalizing all of creation. Because of its connection to the plurality of creation, it is pluralized, as well.

[See also Ibn Ezra on Genesis 1:1.]


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