Basics in Kabbalah and Chassidut: The Names of God – Elokah

Eleven Holy Names of God associated with the Sefirot


In Kabbalah, the Name Elokah is generally associated with the sefirah of chesed (as is the Name Kel, which is composed of the first two letters of Elokah).

Elokah (as well as Kel ) is often considered to represent a “meta-Name,” i.e. a referent for God’s very (“unnamable”) Essence, which possesses a “spectrum” of Names (or “garbs”).

The soul of Israel is described as “an actual part of Elokah from on high.”

Elokah = 42 (2 times 21, the value of God’s Name Ekyeh which appears as a pair in God’s words to Moses: “Ekyeh asherEkyeh”). As the world was created with the power of God’s 42 letter Name, the Name Elokah implies the power of creation. The Name Kel in at-bash = 420 = 10 times Elokah.

One of the secrets of 42 in Kabbalah in relation to the creation of the universe is that the Divine act of creation begins with God’s saying yehi (“let there be…”) = 25, and concludes with God’s seeing His creation to be tov (“good”) = 17. 25 (the beginning of the creative process) plus 17 (the conclusion of the creative process) = 42 (the all-inclusive power of creation).

Iat-bash, the first 2 letters of the Name Elokah (Kel ) transform to tavkaf, which = 420. The additional two letters of Elokah (vav,hei ) transform to peitzadik, which = 170. 420 = 10 times 42; 170 = 10 times 17. At the very end of creation, God saw all that He had created to be “very good.” This is the significance of the additional 170 of God’s Name Elokah.

The most basic of the “full spellings” of Elokah = 203, which = barah (“He created”), the second word of the Torah (and the first three letters of the first word of the Torah, Breishit). Our first father Abraham (the letters of whose name permute to spell barah ma, “He created ma [the intermediate state between ‘nothing’ and ‘something,’ that amorphous state of creation which reflects the ongoing process of recreation, something from nothing].” The two words barah ma = 203 and 45, the “full spellings” of Elokah andHavayah ), who corresponds to the sefirah of chesed (whose Divine Name is Kel or Elokah) was the first man to reveal God’s presence on earth. In the words of the Torah, he revealed God to be Havayah Kel olam (“Havayah, God–universe.” Significantly, the verse does not read “God of the universe” (Genesis21:33), which would imply that God and universe are two separate entities [God being the master of His created universe], but rather “God-universe,” implying that in absolute truth, God is One with [in] His universe. This is true meaning of the Jewish ideal of monotheism, first proclaimed by Abraham). This phrase = 203 = barah =Elokah (in “full spelling”).


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