When people speak Hebrew, they say Hashem instead of Y-HVH, because saying His name is impossible/forbidden. Additionally, when writing, some people write G-d instead of God. Why when speaking English aren't people careful to say Gosh?

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    I think you are drawing a false correlation between these three things...
    – yoel
    Commented May 20, 2012 at 5:19
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    −1 for reverting to a version with AFAICT wholly irrelevant tags, rendering the question less comprehensible.
    – msh210
    Commented May 20, 2012 at 5:21
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    @AdamMosheh correct me if I'm wrong but it seems like you're saying: we don't vocalize HaShem as it's written (although al pi Kaballah we do say it), and many don't write out fully the English word G-d, therefore maybe we should also not say the English word G-d. What is the kesher between the issur of pronouncing YKVK and between not writing out any given name of HaShem in the first place? Aside from this, I will also say that many people do not say "G-d" in a casual context. I also don't see the basis to replace it with "gosh" - as far as I know, this is a gentile practice.
    – yoel
    Commented May 20, 2012 at 5:33
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    @هه that's probably another question altogether...
    – yoel
    Commented May 20, 2012 at 5:54
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    related: english.stackexchange.com/q/68336/19365
    – Double AA
    Commented May 20, 2012 at 6:39

2 Answers 2


Many people are careful not to say a translation of one of G-d's 7 holy names (see here for the Rambam's version of them).

G-d is a translation of either A-D-N-Y or Y-H-V-H, depending on who you ask.

This is why many people use the word Hashem ("The Name") in Hebrew, or Aibishter ("One Above") in Yiddish.

See this article, which says that R' Moshe Feinstein held that if one made a blessing using the Yiddish word G-t instead of the Hebrew name of G-d, he fulfilled his obligation, and posits that R' Moshe would say the same thing if the English G-d was used.

There should be more direct sources that speak about saying a translation of G-d's names, but I can't find them right now.

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    How does this address the question, "some people write G-d instead of God. Why not Gosh"?
    – msh210
    Commented May 21, 2012 at 17:48
  • @msh210: The question could be worded a lot more clear, but based on the title, it appears that "why not Gosh?" means, "If people are careful to write G-d, why, when talking, do people not say Gosh?" That is the question I answered.
    – Menachem
    Commented May 21, 2012 at 18:02
  • Oh, that makes sense. The fact that the asker accepted your answer indicates you're likely right, too. I'll edit the question.
    – msh210
    Commented May 21, 2012 at 18:35
  • Your link is dead
    – user6591
    Commented Oct 16, 2018 at 3:21
  • @user6591: I wasn't able to find a working link. In general, if you think dead links and link rot are a problem that can affect the quality of this site, please check out: judaism.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/3816/… -- consider commenting and upvoting.
    – Menachem
    Commented Oct 16, 2018 at 6:48

The Shach (Yoreh De'ah 179:11) ruled that "God" spelled in a foreign language does NOT have the status of a "shem" and thus may be erased, lehatkhila. For more information, you can read this article: http://www.shamash.org/lists/scj-faq/HTML/faq/11-03-01.html

Source: https://judaism.stackexchange.com/a/15351/3

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    Doesn't seem to answer the question, as then God would also be allowed. Commented May 20, 2012 at 21:24
  • @ShmuelBrin It is.
    – Ariel
    Commented May 13, 2013 at 1:37

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