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? Oct 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 )
    – MTL
    Oct 20, 2014 at 5:08

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Its the fastest way to turn the Hey into another letter. The leg is simply stretched a bit longer.

  • צבקות is replacing an aleph. שקי is replacing a dalet. Oct 20, 2014 at 2:52
  • I hear. I would be madcik that its agav the common name of Hashem...
    – David
    Oct 20, 2014 at 2:54

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