God's True Name

Sometimes people ask me, why, in Judaism, is there a reluctance to pronounce God’s true name out loud?

Historical answers are available, and here is a link to a good one.

But sometimes I offer a spiritual answer, too.

We don’t have a definitive pronunciation of God’s name, because no one knows what the true name is.

When you are awed by the beauty of nature, and moved to pray, what name do you call God?

When you are entering a precarious situation — perhaps sitting at the threshold of surgery, or on an airplane about to take off — and you are moved to pray, what name do you call God?

When you are sitting alone, quietly, examining the life of your thoughts and feelings, and you are moved to pray, what name do you call God?

Which of these is the TRUE name of God?

God may answer to any of them.

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