Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim 5:1, in my own (slightly loose) translation:

One shall intend, in benedictions, the meaning of the words. When he mentions the name [of God, viz the tetragrammaton], he shall intend the meaning of its pronunciation as the adnus name, that He is master of all (שהוא אדון הכל), and he shall intend the meaning of its spelling as the havaya name, that He was and is and will be.

What does the adnus name, "that he is master of all", mean exactly? Some possibilities I can think of:

  • Everyone must obey him.
  • He controls every occurrence.
  • He controls every creation.
  • He created every creation.

Is it any of those? Perhaps something else?



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