Meguillat Esther is, famously, the one Tanakh text in which the name of G-d is never mentioned. Suppose you had a worn-out printed copy. Could you dispose of it as you would any old book, given the fact that it does not include Shemot? Or would it, as a holy text and/or an object used for a mitzvah (talmud Torah) require genizah?


Rabbinical Assembly (Conservative) says yes.

Rabbi Joe Blair (Reform or Reconstructionist?) says maybe.

Din Online (Orthodox) says certainly.

Rashbatz (Shu"t Tashbetz 1:2, quoted by various later authorities) says it would require genizah miderabanan.

(All of these sources seem to be dealing with even a non-scroll version of Megillat Esther. Mishnah Berurah 154:22 says that a scroll version of any book of Tanach requires "strict genizah" (see here))

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    I cannot imagine a more thoroughly researched answer to such a simple question. Most intriguingly, Reisner, one of your keffir sources, is the only one to bring the explicit Shulchan Aruch on this very issue. Thank you, @רבות!!
    – Josh K
    Jan 22 '19 at 5:24
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    @josh you are of course welcome! Jan 22 '19 at 5:32

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