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Why does Rashi change a claim of holiness made by his supposed source or switch sources midstream?

Follow up to this question about Bereishit 31:53. A word from the "eloh" root is used 3 times in that pasuk. In the Artscroll, there is the word "chol" in the margins for 2 of them, which echoes ...
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Bereishit 31:53 “chol”

In my Artscroll chumash, on Bereishit 31:53, there is an asterisk next to the two uses of "elohei" which refer to the "god" of Nachor and of "their fathers." It looks like this אֱלֹהֵ֨י אַבְרָהָ֜ם *...
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How to say G-d's names, when reading psukim from targum?

There is prohibition to say G-d's names in vain. Ashkenazim have the practice not to say Hashem's name when reading a pasuk in the gemara or when reading a half pasuk. see here What about reading ...
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What are the halachot for programming shemot hakodesh?

What are the halachot for programming shemot hakodesh? Must special care or actions be taken in a codebase which handles the names of HaShem? Does a program written to generate shemot need to be ...
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Hashem Elokim in Torah

In the second chapter of Bereishit, God is referred to as "Hashem Elokim". As far as I know, this seems to be a rare phenomenon. (Note, it is pretty common to have 2 names of God next to each other ...
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Is the English “YHWH” a valid equivalent to the Tetragrammaton?

What is the halachic stance on the Tetragrammaton transliterated into English as YHWH or Yawheh or Jehovah? Is it accurate to use the English letters YHWH as the Hebrew equivalent? We see this ...
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How do you pronounce the name אֱלוֹהַּ? [duplicate]

Is the word אֱלוֹהַּ pronounced as: 1) "Elo-ha" or 2) "Elo-ah"? DonielF pointed out a similar question. It seems to me that that question was asking for the reasoning of how Patach Genuvah works. I ...
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What is ‘Atika Kadisha’?

In פתיחת אליהו it mentions the עתיקא קדישא, which literally means the Ancient Holy One. Is that a name of HaShem or referring to something else?
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“Penny Press” machines and erasing G-d's name [duplicate]

NOTE: while a bit similar to this question, they're not entirely the same. For example: this question is more of a "grama"/ indirect causation of erasing G-d's name (via pushing a button) vs. a person ...
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Is there a rule that non-Jews cannot mention the name of Hashem during prayers?

I have heard someone asking if he can mention the name of HKBH and then he said why is there such a rule that he can't... I never heard such a thing, here is his question: "Should we not say the name ...
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Which tetragrammaton is more sacred - written in modern Hebrew or paleo-Hebrew font?

In my previous question: tetragrammaton-in-paleo-hebrew-within-hebrew-text-of-tehilim, there is evidence that p.H font was considered more sacred, as the Holy Name was written in it as opposed to the ...
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Tetragrammaton in paleo-Hebrew within Hebrew text of Tehilim

Many scrolls were found (in Qumran?) depicting a regular Hebrew scripture text with the Holy name written in paleo-Hebrew (כתב עברי), like this one: What Talmudic explanation fits these findings, if ...
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Does Hebrew allow for this conception of the pronunciation of the “Tetragammaton”?

Disclaimer: I know no Hebrew. I'm trying to find out if the Hebrew argument that this article makes concerning the pronunciation of the divine Name is cogent or not. As an outsider they seem to know ...
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Why are the number of blessings in the Amidah linked to Psalm 29?

The Gemoro in Berochos 28b asks about the 18 blessings in the Amidah: גמ׳ הני שמונה עשרה כנגד מי Corresponding to what were these eighteen blessings instituted? The Gemoro offers three ...
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Extending the Leg of a Letter to Remove Sheimos

May one extend the letter Hey in God's name to turn it into a Kuf as a way of removing sheimos? My question is twofold: 1) Is there a problem of erasing God's name here, by taking a holy name of God ...
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Why no dot over the letter vav in the name of G-d in Genesis 2:4? [duplicate]

Reading Genesis 2:4, I noticed that the four-letter name of G-d does not have a dot over the letter "vav" as it usually has in other places in Tanakh. Why is that?
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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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Elohim lower than YHWH?

The Zohar contains a reference to Elohim as lower than YHWH (vol. 1, 20a), but what does that mean? Could someone explain to me the plain meaning?
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The reverse name YHWH not for Adar?

As most of us know, each month has a combination of the holy name YHWH - that's 3 letters YHW times 4 places gives 12 combinations. It is intended to be kept in mind while saying the Brocho of Musaf ...
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Sources and digest about recycling “light” shaimos (e.g. newspaper divrei Torah)

Star-K advises on “shaimos”: NEWSPAPERS, MAGAZINES AND TAPES Newspapers and magazines which contain secular information should not be put into shaimos as they degrade the real shaimos ...
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אלהים vs האלהים - what's the difference?

Those (Elohim and Ha'Elohim) two are used in different places and both translated as "יי" - G-d. For example (Shmos 18): "...אֵת כָּל־אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה אֱלֹהִים לְמֹשֶׁה וּלְיִשְׂרָאֵל" - כָּל דִי ...
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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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What name did the Kohen Gadol Say?

On Yom Kippur, the kohen gadol, during the day's service, said a particular name of Hashem. I had always thought that he said the 4 letter name, but in shul, the rabbi mentioned that it was the 42 ...
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Why does the Tetragrammaton sometimes include the cholam vowel?

Why does the Tetragrammaton sometimes include the cholam vowel ? The question isn't a duplicate of What are the reasons or rules for the different variations in vowels on the Tetragrammaton? Because ...
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Sheimos-free versions of Tanach Online

There are many websites that provide the user with the text of Tanach (as well as various other Jewish sources). When printing sources, I like to avoid printing "Sheimos", or actual names of Hashem, ...
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When was the name אדני first used instead of the name יקוק?

From this site we have a summary of the medrash: As Yaakov nears his demise, the Torah tells us that he wanted to reveal to his children what was to transpire at the end of days. After Yaakov's ...
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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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How can verses from the Torah be written on paper without the paper becoming sheimos?

I often find myself mindlessly doodling psukim from Tanach on paper (especially Tehillim). Is there any way I can do this without making the paper sheimos?
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Saying Hashem's name quickly in Hallel on Sukkos

During Hallel on Sukkos, we shake the lulav during the הודו לה' כי טוב and אנא ה' הושיעה נא. The standard practice I've seen is the one the Mishna Berurah describes there - one direction per word in ...
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When did the use of the substitute word “hashem” start being used? [duplicate]

How ancient is this substitute word? I am not asking for the age of the practice of avoiding the use of the tetragrammaton with Adonai, for example, but specifically the use of this term, hashem.
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How does “Elokim” (“אלקים”) solve the problem?

Please seriously pardon my lack of Hebrew skills. If "א-ל" is already a shem Hashem (to the point where in many contexts we might say or write "קל" - "Keyl"), how is it OK to leave the א-ל intact at ...
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Erasing the word “eloheinu”?

Can "eloheinu" (written in Hebrew letters) be erased, or is it considered mechikath hashem? I could only find prohibition of erasing "elohim", so I was wondering if this could be similar to writing "...
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List of places where Elokim is written as tetragrammaton

Can someone point me to a list of all places in Tanach where the tetragrammaton is pronounced as "Elokim" (as in, e.g., Yechezkel 28:25)? For some reason, my concordance does not list these under ...
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Question regarding the usage of two of G-d's names in Isaiah 55:7

Part of Yeshayahu 55:7 says: וישוב אל ה וירחמהו ואל אל-הינו כי ירבה לסלוח Loose translation - "He shall to return to Adonai and he will be merciful to him and to Eloheinu, for he is abundant to ...
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Not verbally spelling Hashem's names

Where do we find that it's forbidden to spell out Hashem's names? For example, people will say Yud-Kay - replacing the Hay with a Kay. Or Yud-Kay-Vov-Kay for the Tetragrammaton. We know it's ...
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Isn't using God's name as stage name a blasphemy?

I just came to know there's a singer named Elohim Isn't having God's name as stage name a blasphemy?
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Vowels around G-ds Name

What do these vowels around G-ds name mean?
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Did you fulfill your obligation if you pronounced the Name of G-d differently from your custom?

Would you have fulfilled your obligation to recite a blessing if you pronounced the Name of G-d in a way that was against your custom? For example, if an Ashkenazi has the custom to say "Adonoy" and ...
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Why is the Tetragrammaton unutterable?

Why is it not allowed to pronounce God's four letter name ywvh? Is there a reason for this? Is it such a great taboo as to be unforgivable?
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Can you pronounce Yehuda the way it is spelled?

I heard because there is HaShem's name in Yehuda that I should pronounce it more like "youda". does anyone know a source for this practice?
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BS"D in the bathroom

I noticed my shampoo says בס״ד on the bottle. Is having it in the bathroom, etc., a problem? (My guess is no, or else they wouldn't put it on there, but still.) Related: Dr. Bronner's soap
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Is Covering G-d's Name Considered Erasure? [closed]

I'm just learning to read Hebrew, and I discovered that the text I use for Kriat Sh'ma al Hamitah contains G-d's tetragrammaton, yud kei vav kei. I'm afraid of accidentally using the Ineffable Name. ...
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Doubled up names of God - pronounce יהו-ה as Elokim

Many times in Tanach, God is referred to as יהו-ה or אדנ-י. Individually, each of these is read as Adonai. However, when those two different names are mentioned consecutively, the custom is to ...
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אדנ-י יהו-ה - Significance to these two names of God used together?

In many places in Tanach, God is referred to as אדנ-י יהו-ה. For example: David's speech in Shmuel II, 7:18-29 includes seven such references. What is the significance for God being addressed in ...
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When it comes to desecrating Hashem's names, is printing Hashem's names on paper electronically equal to writing the name by hand on parchment? [duplicate]

Jewish law takes extreme precaution when writing out Hashem's name. We famously have locations for placing old Siddurs and texts in order to keep Hashem's name and word in places of sanctity. When ...
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How does saying “pasim” help us safely enunciate the name of Hashem?

I'm reading an article about the kesones pasim and birchas kohanim here, and one paragraph had me confused. The article is discussing the portion of the yehi ratzon in which we ask Hashem to act like ...
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Using 'ד for Hashem's Name

Many tallitot have the bracha before putting on the tallit written on the atarah. But as you can see in the picture below, the Name of Hashem is abbreviated as a 'ד when it is usually rendered 'ה. The ...
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Would a Jew violate the prohibition to pronounce the name of YHWH by saying “Yahweh” and/or “Yehowah”?

Based on a previous post that the pronunciation of YHWH as a subject is not disrespectful to be asked here, I hereby ask these: 1.) Are the pronunciation of "Yahweh" and "Yehowah" to be considered ...
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In the Talmud, how is the Tetragrammaton rendered?

Did the authors of the Talmud substitute the Tetragrammaton with something else? I'm wondering if the practice extant in the LXX of using a title other than the Tetragrammaton where the name appears ...