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The practice of hiding away or burying worn-out holy materials.

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Journals that have “Gd” and “B’H, BS”D”, can I throw them away? Why or why not?

I know that according to halacha, any notebook (etc.) which has the name of G-d written in it needs to be buried in geniza. Does the same apply to abbreviations of G-d's name? For example, writing &...
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Genizah of tefillin: why strict genizah for the head, but standard genizah for the arm?

On the website torah.org an overview is given of ritual objects that, in case of their disposal, require a strict genizah (buried in a cemetery and sealed in earthenware or hard plastic, preferably ...
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Do these tissues have 4 or 5 rabbinical certifications?

In the image below: Rabbinical ishur (certification) of the suitability of the facial tissues. Certification that they are not made from recycled seforim (which probably means that the paper is non-...
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Must all discarded paper with God's name in Hebrew be buried in a genizah?

Discarded books and documents that contain the name of God in Hebrew must be buried in a genizah, and not burned or thrown in the trash. But what if the name of God in Hebrew is in a Christian or ...
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Burial with Geniza

I once heard a Rav say that one way in which he disposes of his stash of Geniza is to bury it with the deceased if the family allows. He claimed that it was a segula (I can’t recall his source). I ...
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Printing a once-off siddur that would require genizah

I have been asked to compile a booklet containing the Shacharit service for a special occasion. The printed booklets (currently 60 pages long, double-sided 2-per-page, so 15 pieces of paper each) will ...
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Does laser printing "erase"?

Is there any halachical problem with laser printing of divre tora/sheimos? Because the image of the to-be-printed page appears on the drum, and transferring the toner on the paper hence "erases" ...
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Would a printed copy of Meguillat Esther require genizah?

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 ...
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Does Shalom/"peace" need Genizah?

It is known that Shalom is a name of Hashem, thus it is forbidden to say it as salutation in some places. And also, to not write it in a letter, because the risk of the receiver throwing it to the bin....
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Do "Shaimot" need to be buried in a certain way or place? [duplicate]

Perhaps, I'm asking an overly trivial question. People in my neighborhood sometimes ask me where they can put their shaimot (holy writings that require burial.) I also see postings on my community's ...
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Genizah and electronic file [duplicate]

Has the subject of genizah been treated about electronic content? For example, if it is permitted to delete (and even cut-and-paste) a computer file containing divrei Torah. Or to delete a .jpg ...
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Recovering soiled tefillin

My father's tefillin (z''l) turned up in a storage box. Unfortunately the box, which had been left open in the basement, was misused as a catbox (by the cat, not by human intention). The tefillin are ...
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Cylindrical Tefillin

The Wikipedia page on tefillin shows cylindrical tefillin found in the Cairo geniza, with reference to this image from here: The source from the Wikipedia page cites this: Kiell, Norman (1967). The ...
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Geniza for a carton packing?

Does a carton box, in which seforim are sold into (a shas for example), needs geniza?
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Is the Midrash Chad Shenati available online?

According with this article, Midrash Chad Shenati was discovered in the Cairo Genizah almost a century ago. It is an early medieval midrashic collection most likely of eastern provenance, dating from ...
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How to dispose of properly old Haggadot?

I've inherited some old Maxwell House haggadot, from the 1980s. They're in perfect condition, but we simply prefer more modern styled ones now. What would be a proper and respectful way of getting ...
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What is the proper way to dispose of a worn or soiled religious garment? [duplicate]

What does one do with an item, such as a tallis, which is damaged to the point where it is beyond repair and can no longer be used? Please let me know if your answer can be generalized to other ...
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Tu b'Shvat Prayers by R' Yehuda Halevi (Gaon)

A number of years ago, they discovered in the Cairo Geniza a number of Piyutim and Prayers for Shemonah Esrei, to be included on Tu b'Shvat. I found this item listed on a Cairo Geniza database, but I'...
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What is an appropriate hebrew translation of 'ought to be put into geniza'?

I have some texts that are not religious (like dictionary) but contain The Name. And because it's not obvious that one should not recycle them, but rather put to geniza, I want to mark them somehow. ...
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ﷲ (Allah) as a shem

The answer to this question effectively says that Allah is the same deity as Hashem. In Islam, it is considered an equivalent to the shem Hashem, except that one need not be m'kadesh to write it. It ...
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How should holy objects be buried?

I understand shemos must be buried. Are there any restrictions on the manner or location of burial? (For example — just some ideas off the top of my head — need it be in a container which ...
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Do all printed kodesh materials require Geniza?

Case 1: I print a english translation of something Kodesh. Case 2: I mistakenly print out a few pages from a sefer. I have no intention of using those pages and do not learn from them. Question: Do ...
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Do pages of ketuvim and navi'im need to be buried?

Do books or sheets of paper that contain text from the Prophets (navi'im) and Writings (ketuvim) need to be discarded in a special manner? I know that pages containing words of Torah written in any ...
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How old is the tradition of the Genizah?

You'll have to excuse my ignorance and if I word something slightly awkwardly, but I did wonder how old is the tradition of burying the Genizot, or alternatively, if that is unknown, what is the ...
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Sheimos in newspapers and parsha sheets

How should one dispose of Jewish newspapers, newsletters, children's parsha sheets, etc. that contain Divrei Torah? I believe some poskim require/allow it to be double wrapped and then left outside to ...
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Do photocopies of torah need to be put in shaimos?

Do photocopied sheets (such as chumash or gemara) need to be put in sheimos or can they be thrown straight into the garbage?
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