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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: “God functions anonymously.”

The different names of God are also different attributes

They are not various ways of saying the same thing.

And they do not indicate any sort of differences or contradictions within the being of the Divine.

In a way, then, it seems as though God functions anonymously.

For those who do not know His name, this anonymity is decisive.

For He who is the Creator and the bearer of the name, it does not matter by which name He is called.

–Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz