“שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ יְהוָה אֶחָד.”
“Hear, O Israel! YHVH is our God, YHVH is one!”
This verse expresses a unification with YHVH. “בָּרוּךְ שֵׁם כְּבוֹד מַלְכוּתוֹ לְעוֹלָם וָעֶד” “Baruch Shem…” that we say after the Shema verse is another unification. ‘שֵׁם’,’Name’ is Malchut. And the two, ‘Shema…’ and ‘Baruch Shem…’ create a unification of upper and lower, Light and vessel.
It is a secret of “YHVH, He is God (ELHYM)” from the verse below. YHVH is the aspect of Zeir Anpin, Light and God (ELHYM) is an aspect of Malchut.
1 Kings 18:39
“וַיַּרְא כָּל הָעָם וַיִּפְּלוּ עַל פְּנֵיהֶם וַיֹּאמְרוּ יְהוָה הוּא הָאֱלֹהִים יְהוָה הוּא הָאֱלֹהִים.”
“When all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, “YHVH, He is God (ELHYM); YHVH, He is God (ELHYM).”
From the aspect of unification, the ‘Shema Israel…’ is an aspect of YHVH and ‘Baruch Shem…’ is an aspect of God (ELHYM)’.
It can be said that the Shema and Baruch Shem is like what we read in Zechariah 14:9
‘YHVH will be one, and His name one’ but it is not the same as “YHVH, He is God (ELHYM)”.
“וְהָיָה יְהוָה לְמֶלֶךְ עַל כָּל הָאָרֶץ בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא יִהְיֶה יְהוָה אֶחָד וּשְׁמוֹ אֶחָד.”
“And YHVH will be king over all the earth; in that day YHVH will be the only one, and His name the only one.”
The secret is that ‘YHVH will be one, and His name one’ describes the state before the unification of YHVH, Zeir Anpin and ‘his name’, Malchut.
After the unification of Shema Israel and Baruch Shem and YHVH and his name, we have the state of the ultimate unification of “YHVH, He is God (ELHYM)”. יהוה YHVH is for the Right that is Mercy and ELHYM אלהים is for the Left and Judgment. Together they are one in balance, Zeir Anpin.
The name אלהים, ‘ELHYM’ has the Gematria of 86, ‘cup’ כוס, representing a vessel that provides. It is also a numerical value of ‘הטבע’, ‘nature’ to tell us that this world is fundamentally under the name ELHYM. It is also the name of the Creator in Genesis 1 Where we read that God (ELHYM) created the world in ten sayings for the ten Sefirot. This name appears 32 times in the story of Creation to represent the 32 paths of Wisdom that comes from Chokmah to Binah and this world.
The name YHVH together with ELHYM יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים appeared (Genesis 2) only after the Creation process was completed. ELHYM created Adam (Genesis 1:27), then
YHVH is the aspect of the Right, Mercy joined the Left, ELHYM (Genesis 2:7) to complete the process of creating Adam.
We seek YHVH, Right, to connect with the Left, ELHYM for complete unification that brings nourishment and life to this world.
When we make this unification of
“ יְהוָה הוּא הָאֱלֹהִים ”, “YHVH, He is God (ELHYM)”
we accept the kingship of YHVH, God in this world.