Sunday, April 09, 2006 I was asked the following question:
Why in Jewish writings is God not spelled but put as G-D ?
was my response:
It is inappropriate, in Judaism, to "correctly" write G-D's name in any of
its forms. The reason being, it is said, that by inadvertently uttering the
"secret" and "real" form of G-d's name, it will bring about the end of the
universe as it exists.
YHVH, Hashem/The name, Elohkim, etc. and "G-D" are utilized as a fence against
mistakenly causing the end of time.
We do not know if such an error might actually bring about the end nor do we know
that it wouldn't. When in doubt (almost always) err on the side of caution.
you have questions about a personal matter, or jewish practices
and customs, you can submit them to me by e-mail.
I answer all queries directly, or through this column, when the
question is informative to our community.
you for your kind attention and this opportunity to share with you,
Rabbi Dan S. Wiko
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