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Is there any issue regarding deleting electronic files with Hashem's Name, and also is there any issue taking such a device into the bathroom.

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See also: mi.yodeya.com/questions/83/… –  Isaac Moses Apr 26 '10 at 0:32
A later question asked the same question better: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/10777. –  msh210 Oct 23 '11 at 19:45

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A digital representation of Hashem's name, whether it is His unique name or others, does not constitute writing. Consequently there is no issue of erasing it.

There is no prohibition against bringing a digital representation of Hashem's name into a bathroom per se, but to have it displayed visual would not be respectable (similarly to the way we do not wear a talis gadol into a beis kisei even though technically it is permitted). Furthermore we are not supposed to think about holy matters in the bathroom (excluding halachos relevant to our conduct there) so it would not be appropriate to display such material in such a location.

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I agree with your reasoning, but you should add that the problem with wearing the Tallis Gadol into the Beis Hakisei is that it is a garment set aside particularly for Tefillah. –  Yahu Apr 27 '10 at 0:38
Um, source?..... –  Seth J Aug 9 '12 at 0:09
This is the answer I was given by my Rabbi when I asked this question. –  shachna Aug 9 '12 at 5:42
Most Rabbonim are makil (to erase.) There is a "shmu'ah" going around that R' Eliyashuv held it was ossur to erase. However this is very difficult to understand and no reason is given other then he holds this is a "casiva" !?!?! –  Yehoshua Dec 30 '12 at 10:10

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