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For millennia, the Jewish people have looked inward to our culture, and when we've raised our eyes to the heavens and lifted our voices in prayer as well, we've seen only the Lord our God.

This was necessary. But-- )
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Twice in my life I've had spontaneous religious experiences. What does that mean?

I don't know, really. )
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Let me tell you a story about Adonai, the One God, the God of Becoming, whose name is Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh, I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE. Let me tell you about the time Adonai split His name in two.

Now there are many tales about the sacred four-letter name of God and the multitudes of God's singular self contained within it. )
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God is infinite, containing everything.

But there's more. )
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Some two and a half years ago, I quietly lost my first Hebrew name. It was Tziyona, an unusual and pretty one which I had had a fraught relationship with but mostly liked. I didn't throw it away deliberately or carelessly. I find myself unable to do that to a name that was given to me.

That was when I was beginning my transition from female to male. Tziyona is an extremely feminine name, usually translated as "daughter of Zion." I couldn't really keep it if I was going to acknowledge myself as a son now, practically speaking.

That leaves me in need of a new one.

Names have power. )

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