A Verbal Anecdote (28 January 2016, 18 Shevet, 5776)
Rabbi Avraham Feld said:
- # You, Yair, have quoted from sources [in articles and in the work, "Bible Basics"] that shown it was prophesied that how to pronounce the name of God would be lost.
In the passage,
13 Then Moses said to God, 'Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they say to me, 'What is His name?' what shall I say to them?'
14 And God said to Moses, 'I AM WHO I AM.' And He said, 'Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.''
15 Moreover God said to Moses, 'Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: 'The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.'
Brit-Am demonstrated that the literal text tells us that it says, "My name TO BE HIDDEN" i.e. at some time in the future it would need to be hidden.
"The expression could therefore be understood as saying: This is the name of God forever and this name would need in the future to be hidden."
Rabbi Feld continues:
# This is a fulfillment of prophecy. The Bible says that how to say the Name would be lost and it has been. This is prophecy. It was prophecied that how to say the name would be lost and today (thousands of years later) how to say the name has been lost (whereas other names have not). I quote this to Ephraimites who believe they can pronounce the name and who do not accept the fact that it is forbidden.
They reply, "One little word. What difference does it make?'
I answer that this is the Bible. This is Prophecy. This is yet another proof of the fulfillment of Prophecy. #
We would point out that this is not so much an insight of ours but rather of Rabbi Feld.
We did not find the fact that Scripture says the name should be hidden. The Sages said so from the beginning.
Rabbi Feld realized that the Sages understanding that the Almighty HIMSELF said that name would need to be hidden also implied that the name would be lost.
This in fact was not only a commandment but also a Prophecy that has been fulfilled, as Rabbi Feld noted.