The name Abraham is discussed in the Zohar

Avraham: The meaning of a name.

by yedidah on October 10, 2013


“And your name shall no longer be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations.”
This sentence not only changes reality for Abraham but also for us. As the additional letter to Abram’s name making it Abraham is actually made up of the same letters meaning ” in the creation of” heaven and earth. What does Abraham have to do with Creation?

The Zohar gives a profound answer:
Abraham’s virtue was that of chesed, loving-kindness, this addition to Abram’s name teaches us about the central role of acts of chesed, acting in loving-kindness in fulfilling our true destiny.

Excepted from Rabbi Baruch Shalom Halevi Ashlag’s Sefer haMamarim.

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