When writing sheim Hashem, why do people replace one letter with a kuf/ as in קל, יקוק, ה', צבקות, שקי etc.?
So that it doesn't have holiness and they can later destroy it– Double AA ♦Oct 19, 2014 at 19:48
@DoubleAA: I think the question is why the letter Kuf is the replacement?– Gershon GoldOct 19, 2014 at 20:18
One of your examples (ה) does not use a ק. Is your question specific to the use of ק, or is it why are letters replaced at all? ( ping @GershonGold )– MTLOct 20, 2014 at 5:08
Its the fastest way to turn the Hey into another letter. The leg is simply stretched a bit longer.