If a shul has shaimos that need to be buried, do they need to dig a new pit each time or can they use an existing pit?

In front of a shul that I saw years ago, they had built a pit, buried some shaimos, covered up most of the pit, but left a small section uncovered. On top of that, they placed a box with a slot. Thus, whenever they want to bury shaimos, they place them in the slot and the shaimos fall into the pit.

Is this technique permitted?

  • My gut reaction is "no". However, since I don't have a source and AFAIK, I'm not a gadol, I'm not making that an answer. Commented Sep 9, 2015 at 22:23
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    See my answer here judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/44000/… it seems that it is fine
    – sam
    Commented Sep 9, 2015 at 23:27
  • @sam I recommend that you move your comment, including the link to an answer, and extract the relevant part of that other answer, to here. My question doesn't seem like a dupe, but your answer to that would apply here, anyway. BTW, I'm not that familiar w/ the Cairo Genizah. Is that above ground?
    – DanF
    Commented Sep 10, 2015 at 14:29
  • @NoachmiFrankfurt "I'm not a gadol" - Well you ARE a Cohen, but we all know you're not the Cohen Gadol ;-) Maybe one day, you will be ... soon. Duchan well for all your fellow Bostonians & the rest of us Monday & Tuesday.
    – DanF
    Commented Sep 10, 2015 at 14:32
  • I will, b'ezrat Hashem. Commented Sep 10, 2015 at 14:32


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