Published April-09-06
 
 
Ask Rabbi Dan
by Rabbi Dan S. Wiko PhD
 
  Issue: 7.04
 
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Why in Jewish writings is God not spelled but put as G-D ?


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.

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