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The Gemara in Pesachim 50a brings a verse that Hashem's name is not pronounced the way it is written. ר' אבינא רמי כתיב {שמות ג-טו} "זה שמי לעלם וזה זכרי לדור דור". ‏ אמר הקב''ה: לא כשאני נכתב אני נקרא. נכתב אני ביו''ד ה''א, ונקרא אני באל''ף דל''ת‏ R' Avina taught it to us, based on the verse in Shmot 3:15 that says זֶה שְּׁמִי לְעֹלָם וְזֶה ...


The word you're referring to is not actually a pronunciation of the tetragramaton; it's a substitution. Traditionally, the tetragramaton was pronounced (with its real pronunciation, I mean) by the kohein gadol (high priest) on Yom Yippur, but this was a special occasion. Otherwise, while it's possible that early Jews might have pronounced the name, by the ...

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