I believe I've also seen "writing the name in full destroys its divinity", but I know for a fact I've seen the explanation that writing the name in full is OK per se, but risks having it destroyed, which is bad. A person adhering to this belief will accept having the name written under special circumstances (e.g., in a carefully guarded holy book), but avoid writing it in full generally.
I can understand removing the comment about signalling belief or respect for belief, but I would like to see something like it put back in. The spelling G-d, by its very peculiarity, carries more weight than most words. If I use banana in a sentence, you can't really infer much about me, while if I use G-d, it's clear at least that I'm going out of my way to use it. -dmh 14:11, 19 Nov 2004 (UTC)
Would it be appropriate to quote the relevant Biblical text ? Or link to this article:
- Based on the words in Deut. 12:3-4, ... which states "and you shall destroy the names of pagan gods from their places. You shall not do similarly to G-d your Lord." ... the rabbis deduced that it is forbidden to erase the name of G-d from a written document. Since any paper upon which G-d's name was written might be discarded and thus "erased", the rabbis forbade explicitly writing the name of G-d, except in Holy Books, with provisions for the proper disposal of such books.
- -- "What's in a Name?" by Ariel ben-Lyman HaNaviy 2002
Earliest Usenet uses via Google Groups
- g-d: net.jokes - 26 Feb 1983 by rlgvax
- Apon lunching at the Algonquin Harpo Marx remarked about the high prices of all the lunch items. "My g-d George, what the hell can you get here for 50 cents?"
— Hippietrail 03:32, 21 Apr 2005 (UTC)
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