I know that according to halacha, any notebook (etc.) which has the name of G-d written in it needs to be buried in geniza.

Does the same apply to abbreviations of G-d's name? For example, writing "Gd" B"H (for Baruch Hashem) and BS"D (for B'siyata dishmaya).

Are there sources which discuss whether these abbreviations also need to be buried?

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    A rabbi once told me that inappropriate writings with the name of God (e.g., proselytizing literature) may be thrown in the trash. I would be curious to know a source for this. Apr 30, 2021 at 13:15
  • B”H @Maurice Mizrahi - my journals aren’t inappropriate, Gd Forbid, but thank you for the information. May 1, 2021 at 20:04

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Here are sources on the topic - none of which requires putting in geniza documents with the abbreviations you mention

  • Mishna Brura 85:10 permits erasing God's name in a foreign language - a fortiori then for the above abbreviations
  • The Shakh (Yoreh Deah 179:11) holds a name in a foreign language doesn't have sanctity
  • Kof-K, in a broad survey of sources notes (p. 2) "The following does not need geniza and one may throw items containing these names in the garbage: [...] Hashem (in English or Hebrew), B’ezras Hashem and BS’D (bais samach daled). Some are careful and did not write a BS’D on top of a letter." - see there in detail for references
  • R Daniel Mann from Eretz Hemda (here) quotes "Rav Soloveitchik [...] was convinced that “God” is not a Name"

Of course, consult your rabbi before implementing anything you learn here.


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