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used. The word ‘God’ is a word used to denote the Deity and is not the name of the Deity; it is itself
just a word. Jews frequently use circumlocutions, so in speech, or in the written word, instead of the
name of God we say “the Master of the Universe” or ‘The Above One” or “The Holy One Blessed be
He” or most commonly “the Name”. The word “Place” is used here. As God is everywhere, in every
‘place’ so the word “Place” can be used to refer to God. One commentator suggests that the alteration
of one of the letters in the Hebrew 'Hamakom', to Hamakayaim infers that here we are speaking of the
“One who makes everything exist”
“Place” also has a special meaning in Jewish thought. When Abraham obeys God’s testing
command to sacrifice his son Isaac (Gen Ch 22 V 1-2), the Bible tells us that God tells Abraham to take
his son and go to the land of Moriah and offer him up on one of the mountains which I (God) will
show you (Abraham) the narrative continues “On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and s...
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