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I've seen the word Hashem hyphenated ("Hash-m"). Is there any valid reason for this practice?

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The names of Hashem which may not be erased are listed in Shulchan Oruch Yoreh Daioh 276 (9).

Hashem is not one of them and so the hyphenated ("Hash-m") seems unnecessary.

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    The name "Hashem" was not around when the Shulchan Aruch was written so this is not a proof. – Double AA May 29 '13 at 22:09
  • @DoubleAA maybe it is. Maybe the SA's list is all-inclusive, so "God", "Hashem", and the like can be erased. That's what the wording of the SA sounds like to me. – msh210 May 30 '13 at 2:48
  • @msh210 maybe. but you have to show that he meant it to be conclusive. You can't just argue from silence, as this post does. – Double AA May 30 '13 at 3:19
  • @DoubleAA but Hakadosh Baruch Hu was. – Shmuel Brin Jun 27 '13 at 2:48
  • @Shmuel No it wasn't. הקדוש ברוך הוא might have been. – Double AA Jun 27 '13 at 3:59
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Hashem is what we use in place of one of the Aibishter's holy names. It simply means The Name. Perhaps people generalize from the examples of G-d and L-rd, and replace the e with a hyphen.

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    Welcome to Mi Yodeya, Jay Marme, and thanks for your suggestion. I hope you look around at our other questions, read about the site, and stick around. – msh210 Jun 27 '13 at 7:10

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