The International Nazarene Beit Din has made history, on May 13th 2010 we have officially overturned an age old and erroneous halacha held by both Pharisees and Sadducees, against pronouncing the name of YHWH. This has always been our position as a movement, but now we have officially declared it as halacha!
The ruling is beloiw:
The Sacred Name of YHWH, is it to be used?
The Essenes say:
Anyone who speaks aloud the M[ost] Holy Name of Elohim, [whether in…]
or in cursing or as a blurt in time of trial or for any other reason, or while
he is reading a book or praying, is to be expelled, never again to return to the
society of the Yahad.
(1QS Col. 6 line 27b - Col. 7 line 2a)
The Pharisees say:
…In the Sanctuary one says the name as it is written, but in the provinces with
(m.Sotah 7:6; m.Tamid 7:2)
Abba Shaul says, "…He who pronounces the divine Name as it is spelled out [has
no share in the World to Come" (m.San. 10:1)
R. Nahman b. Isaac said:
Not like this world is the future world. [In] this world [His name] is written
with a yod he and read as alef daleth; but in the future world it shall all be
one: it shall be written with yod he and read as yod he. (b.Pes. 50a)
Now, Raba thought of lecturing it at the session, [whereupon] a certain old man
said to him, It is written, le'alem ("to be hidden" rather than "forever"). (Ex.
3:15) (b.Pes. 50a)
R. Abina pointed out a contradiction: It is written, this is my name, to be
hidden; [and it is also written], and this is my memorial unto all generations?
The Holy One, blessed be He, said: Not as I [i.e., My name] and written am I
read: I am written with a yod he, while I am read as alef daleth. (b.Pes. 50a;
However the Zohar teaches:
"Unify the Holy Name, Bind the Knot of Faith, Bring blessings to the proper
(Zohar 285a,b; Zohar 285a,b.)
The Nazarenes ordained:
An individual should greet his fellow with the Name, in accordance with what was
said, "And behold, Boaz came from Beit-Lechem, and said unto the reapers, YHWH
be with you. And they answered him, YHWH bless you." (Ruth 2:4) And it says:
"YHWH is with you, you mighty man of valour." (Jud. 6:12). (m.Ber. 9:5)
As we read in the Torah:
"And to Shet, to him also there was born a son, and he called his name Enosh.
began men to call upon the name of YHWH….
(Gen. 4:26 HRV)
"And he removed from there unto the mountain on the east of Beit-El, and pitched
tent: having Beit-El on the west, and Ai on the east. And he built there an
YHWH, and called upon the Name of YHWH."
(Gen. 12:8 HRV)
"And he built an altar there, and called upon the Name of YHWH, and pitched his
there: and there, Yitz'chak's servants dug a well."
(Gen. 26:25 HRV)
YHWH spoke through Moses saying:
"I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known my Name"
(Ps. 91:14 a Psalm of Moses)
YHWH says in The Torah
"…My Name shall be declared in all the earth."
"My people shall know My Name"
10 And Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the valley of Achor a place for
herds to lie
down in, for My people that have sought Me.
11 But you that forsake YHWH, that forget My Set-Apart mountain; that prepare a
for Fortune, and that offer mingled wine in full measure unto Destiny,
12 I will destine you … to the sword, and you shall all bow down to the
Because when I called, you did not answer; when I spoke, you did not hear: but
that which was evil in My eyes, and chose that wherein I delighted not.
(Is. 65:10-12 HRV))
26 How long shall this be? Is it in the heart of the prophets that prophesy
lies, and the
prophets of the deceit of their own heart?
27 That think to cause My people to forget My Name, by their dreams which they
every man to his neighbor, as their fathers forgot My Name, for Ba'al.
(Jer. 23:26-27 HRV)
"…a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear YHWH
and who meditate on His Name."
We also read in the Psalms:
"And those who know your Name will put their trust in you"
"Let them praise Your great and awesome Name- He is holy."
"My mouth shall speak the praise of YHWH,
and all flesh shall bless His set-apart Name forever and ever."
"Let them praise the name of YHWH…"
And Messiah said:
"I have made known Your Name, to the men whom You gave Me from the world."
(Jn. 17:6) And, "And I have made known to them Your Name, and will make known."
The International Nazarene Beit Din Says:
While one must be careful to follow the commandment not to profane the Name, one
should make use of the Name. When reading Scripture in the original Hebrew or
from a Sacred Name edition, one should not use a euphemism for the name of YHWH.
Even the use of the Name in greetings does not profane the Name. The Name of
YHWH shall be declared in all the earth!
The Nazarene Beit Din furthermore rules that the exact pronunciation of the Name
should not be a point of contention in the Body of Messiah, and therefore will
not decree a particular pronunciation; rather, leaving that up to the individual
Nazarene's own prayerful conviction or understanding.