The torah states that humans are made btzelem elokim. We know that the shem elokim connotes middat ha-din. What ramification does this have on humans (if any)? Why were humans not made btzelem the shem Hashem that connotes mercy (yud-kay-vav-kay), especially if we have a mitzvah (v'halachta b'drachav) to be merciful just as God is merciful.
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Possibly to allow a person room to grow. Kabbalah sees a progression from the permutations of the name Elokim to the name Havaya (yud-kay-vav-kay). Perhaps we can say then that man is created in the image of Elokim and is given a goal and directive improve and mature to become more Godly (in the yud-kay-vav-kay sense).