Notes by Autumn Light

On Hebrew, English, translation, editing, and more—by Jonathan Orr-Stav

Where is the word “shekinah” (indicating glory of God) used in Hebrew scriptures?

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The word shekhinah (it is a soft—i.e., guttural kaf, not a hard one) does not appear as such anywhere in the Hebrew Bible.

It is a mystical term denoting divine presence, coined by the Talmudic Sages from the root sh-k-n (שכ”נ) meaning “dwell”, in reference, in part, to passages such as Exodus 29:45–46:

ושכנתי בתוך בני ישראל והייתי להם לאלהים. וידעו כי אני ה׳ אלהיהם אשר הוצאתי אתם מארץ מצרים לשכני בתוכם אני ה׳ אלהיהם

And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God.

And they shall know that I am the Lord their God, that brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, that I may dwell among them: I am the Lord their God.

(Originally written in reply to a question at


Author: יונתן אור-סתיו | Jonathan Orr-Stav

Hebrew-English translator, editor, author. מתרגם עברית–אנגלית, עורך באנגלית, וסופר.

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