Proper noun.  YHWH, the ineffable name of God, is read as Adonai ("My Lord") or as Elohim. The word '''Adonai''' is normally used only in prayer, else the speaker risks taking the Lord’s name in vain. In normal speech, the word HaShem ("The Name") is used instead.

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