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The Meaning of Elokim

What does Elo-him mean? This is very important for me, because I don’t believe Elo-him means Dios; for me, Elo-him means more.


Of all the Divine Names, Elo-him is the only Name that is a plural form. The implication of the Name, and the reason for the plural form, is that G-d is the inner force behind all of the entities and powers of this world. Although the elements of the world are presented to us as being “independent” powers, such as the sun, the moon, and the stars — and everything else that exists under the sun — the Name Elo-him declares that their power is entirely dependent on the great Power of all Powers.

Zohar teaches further that the Name is composed of two parts, splitting up into the words Mi and Eleh. This alludes to the verse which urges us to look up at the sky, at the great constellations of the heavens, and to declare: “Who (Mi) created these (Eleh)” (Isa. 40:26). Elo-him is the master of all forces, the One who unites them all in His infinite Power.

Sources: See Tur, Orach Chaim 4; Zohar Bereishis 1b, 29b, among others..

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