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Throughout Kabbalistic literature you find discussion about how the שם הויה is representative of קודשא בריך הוא, or the זעיר אנפין. The שם אד-ני is representative of the נוקבא דזעיר אנפין, or the מלכות. As such, the names themselves are representative of different aspects of Hashem, as it were.


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Perhaps to show that god was trying to be compassionate: He was willing to listen to all of Avraham's pleas. God was looking for an excuse to spare the cities. The verse specifically says that God only left Abraham after he finished his pleas. If God's attributes of judgment would have prevailed, perhaps He would have not have been inclined to hear out ...


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