Come, let us sing to Adonai!
Let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us shout for joy to him with songs of praise.
For Adonai is a great God,
a great king greater than all gods.
He holds the depths of the earth in his hands;
the mountain peaks too belong to him.
The sea is his — he made it —
and his hands shaped the dry land.
Come, let us bow down and worship;
let us kneel before Adonai who made us.
For he is our God, and we are the people
in his pasture, the sheep in his care.
If only today you would listen to his voice:
I love this Psalm. It’s one we often say at Morning Prayer at church, and it’s uplifting and filled with joy that we are surrounded by the creation of the great I AM. The above translation is from the New Jerusalem Bible, and where “Adonai” (one of the names of God) is said, the Tetragrammaton (יהוה – the unpronounceable name of God) is written. The best explanation for this can be found in the book, Beyond Kabbalah – The Teaching That Cannot Be Taught by Rabbi Joel Bakst (a wonderful Jewish Reform rabbi I learned from long ago). Excerpt is below. And *this* explains why I have such a hard time with people saying “Yahweh” or “Jehovah”.
Thinking and perceiving everything “fractally”, the most obvious example of an iterating fractal equation in Torah is the Tetragrammaton, the sacred Name of the God of Israel. This “Name” lies at the core of the entirety of the Adamic/Jewish mission and it is the root of all Talmudic Sage-Mystic consciousness. Although commonly assumed, the Tetragrammaton is not a proper name nor is it even a noun in the usual sense of the word. Although it can be pronounced a number of different ways, visualized with a number of different vowels and “expanded” in a number of different formats, its true purpose is not to be found in any one pronunciation, visualization or iteration. Its true significance has little to do with crude age old attempts to pronounce it as “Jehovah” or “Yahweh”.[i] Rather, the Tetragrammaton is an equation. The Havaya — a phonetic rearrangement of the four letters of the Tetragrammaton in order to avoid pronouncing it[ii] — is the fundamental fractal formula that iterates throughout all realties from the never-not pulsating ecstatic bliss within the unknowable essence of the Ain Sof to our present reality — the current edge of creation. (ם-Maps: Ohr Ain Sof Fractal Feedback Loop).
The Tetragrammaton begins as a simple mathematical-like formula consisting of only four alphanumeric units. The last two of these four units, as is known, enfold into the first two leaving now only two digits. The second of these two units, in turn, enfolds into the first so that there remains only a single unit that contains all the others. This singular unit, containing the other three, is represented by a single point, a minute jot, and one iota. This “point singularity” is the Hebrew letter yud.[iii] The alphanumeric yud itself enfolds and is contained in the even more minute point that sits atop and crowns the yud. Thus, all four components of the Havaya equation iterate out from the crown, the secreted fifth dimension to the other four.
When functioning as an equation, the Havayah is a dynamic process, computing Itself upon Itself. The yud point-singularity, however, when its contents unfold into its four aspects, acts upon itself as a dynamic equation, with each value acting upon the other — output->new input, output->newer input and so on and on. In this sequencing the yud — the point singularity — remains constant while the values of the other components change. Thus, the God of Torah is a dynamic equation that is forever iterating upon itself. From this perspective this is a fractal understanding of the Biblical verse-formula, “Know this day and meditate within your heart that… there is no other beside Itself” (Deut. 4:39). There is no other — no other thing, no otherness — absolutely nothing other than The Equation. Throughout all possible realities and all impossible realities right here, right now there is only Its Own Self iterating fractured fractions of Its Own never-not pulsating bands of Light – from Itself, to Itself, for Itself and all taking place within Itself. And the one who understands will understand Itself.
[i] Pronouncing the Tetragrammaton as “Jehovah” or ‘Yahweh” is akin to trying to pronounce the world’s most famous equation E=mc2 as “Em-keh-too”. To treat E=mc2 in such a manner is a quite a misunderstanding and even mocks the sublime logic and advanced mathematics of modern physics that is being represented in this simple yet profound equation. The case with the Havaya is all the more so, especially when we realize that the letters of the Havaya are not arbitrary symbols, as they are with E=mc2 and all man-made mathematical symbols. Rather, the alphanumeric pictographic forms that make up the Equation of God are primordial and have their roots in higher-dimensional realties.
The God of Israel has a plethora of name-formulas. There are ten major formulas (corresponding to the Ten Sefirot), another seventy sacred name-formulas (also known as the seventy names of Metatron, which is not simply an angel but rather the six letters of Metatron are a complex master code) and hundreds of cognomens throughout the Written and Oral Torah. As known, “Jehovah” is a neologism invented by medieval Christian theologians that has no real foundation in Torah. Jews do not pronounced the Havaya (in any of its iterations aside from the Kohen Gadol on Yom Kippur while the Temple was standing) and instead use another holy name of the Divine – Adonai/Lord. The voweless Hebrew letters Y-H-V-H are superimposed with the vowels of Adonai. The intention is to visualize the letters of Havaya while pronouncing Adonai. If, however, one attempts to pronounce the letters of Y-H-V-H with the vowels of Adonai, and then using the Latin “j” instead of the original Hebrew yud, the sound comes out as “je-ho-vah” which has no real significance in Hebrew, certainly not as the “true” name of the God of Israel. The pronunciation “yahweh” is also an attempt to pronounce the letters according to their “correct” voweling which is ludicrous as the Havaya equation intentionally has numerous pronunciations. If, however, it were to be pronounced according to its simple root meaning it would be pronounced not as “yahweh”. Rather, it would be pronounced in accord with correct Hebrew grammar. This is simply the causative future tense of the masculine third person of the root h-v-h, in this case meaning “He (i.e., anyone) will bring (something) into existence”. Thus, the Tetragrammaton never means “Lord” but rather “The Source of Existence”, i.e., The One who brings all realities into existence.
[ii] The rearrangement of the letters Y-H-V-H as H-V-Y-H in order to pronounce it as Havayah also spells out a real word in Hebrew. The literal dictionary definition of havayah means “existence”! Additionally, the term havayah refers to the quintessential rabbinic discussion/disputes between the Talmudic Sage-Mystics as in the expression, “The havayot (plural) of Abbaya and Rava” (A dueling pair of Talmudic masters from the 3rd century whose dancing HuG discussions are ubiquitous throughout the Talmud. See ם-Methods). This puts a whole new take on what is going on within the deeper levels of the Talmud as the very fabric of its sixty massive tomes are woven out of thousands of permutations of rabbinic havayot!
[iii] The Greek iota and the Latin jot are both ancient transliterations of the letter yud.