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In and Above

The name Elokim, who's numerical value 86 is the same as that of the word nature (ha-teva, hei-tet-beit-ayin) signifies G-d as He is manifest in nature, while the name Havayah, being the combination of the words for "was", "is", and "will be", signifies G-d as He transcends nature (the limitations of time and space).

There are 4 kabbalistic spellings of the name Havayah, the 72 letter name, the 63 letter name, the 45 letter name, and the 52 letter name. The Ari Zal describes Parshat Berashis from the kabbalistic perspective as describing the decent of creation from the infinite to the finite through the levels represented each by one of the spellings of the name of Havayah.

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