From year-to-year on Yom Kippur, the prayer leader physically re-enacts an ancient ritual that was practiced by the High Priest in Jerusalem’s Temple.
“And when they, the priests and the people that stood in the Temple court, heard the glorious, awesome Name expressly pronounced the priests and all the people standing in the Temple Court would bow and kneel and fall prostrate to the ground… “
From this dramatic reenactment it is understood that the “awesome” name of God was certainly known at that time. However, with the destruction of the Temple and the passage of time its precise enunciation has, unfortunately, been lost to us.
Or has it? Rabbi David Blumenfeld offers an interesting possibility.
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