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Is it permissible to erase the name of G-d from an E-reader?
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Forgive me if I get some of the conventions wrong in this question; I'm a non-Jew. After listening to the "This American Life" podcast, specifically episode #332. I was struck by the story of young Shalom and how his rabbi would not permit him to write his name on papers. My understanding of the situation is that it is a sin to destroy the name of God unless it is done in an approved way.

Given that the internet contains many places where the name of God is referenced, is the act of closing the browser a sin since it is technically removing that word from the screen? I'm assuming that since the information still exists somewhere (on the remote side server) that the information hasn't technically been destroyed. However, at some point the pages will be revised, the wording will change, and perhaps the name of God will be removed in those future pages.

Is this a huge grey area in the realm of shemos or am I not looking at this from the right angle?

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@ShmuelBrin He's asking the [admittidly simpler] question of regular screens not E-readers. –  Double AA May 2 '12 at 16:11
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This is a better dupe: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/10777/759 –  Double AA May 2 '12 at 16:12
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Peter, welcome to Mi Yodeya and thank you for bringing your question here. As you can see from the other comments, this question has come up in a few different forms in the past, and we probably ought to merge all of them together. But the short answer is that displaying the divine name in pixels on a screen isn't "writing", halachically speaking, so erasing doesn't apply. –  Monica Cellio May 2 '12 at 16:28
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@Dan I think that those sources are a bit too over-the-head of the OP. –  Shmuel Brin May 2 '12 at 17:02
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I see now that there are quite a few duplicates of this question, thanks to everyone for the clarification! My intellectual curiosity has been sated; thanks for the warm welcome and the wealth of info on this topic. –  Peter Grace May 2 '12 at 17:46
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marked as duplicate by Shmuel Brin, Double AA, Gershon Gold, Monica Cellio, Peter Grace May 2 '12 at 17:47

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