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What to Do with Written Holy Names?

Updated: Oct 12, 2022

Divine Code for October 8, 2022

Today: Page 220

Topic 2:11 -- 2:14

It's forbidden to destroy holy Names and writings, as this is a disgrace to G-ds honor and profanes His Name. It is like forbidden to write holy Names for no reason.

One may not disgrace a holy Name of G-d written in any language, for example, by putting it in the garbage or in an unclean place such a restroom.

When one has on paper Holy Names of G-d - you have written down by mistake - there are boxes in the synagogue in which you can put that. However, for Noahides there is not always the possibility to use this. Then you can bury these papers in your garden or in the forest.

Two frequently asked questions:

1. What to do with my old Bible?

When there is not one of the indelible Names of G-d in the Old Testament you can throw it away. Otherwise it would be better to bury it in your garden, for example. If you decide to bury it, it should be first defaced, for example, by cutting the pages in half.

There is also the opinion that you should burned it.

2. What do I do with a Prayer book when I have to go to the restroom of a restaurant?

In a public restroom it is permitted to take it with you, provided you cover it with a covering that does not belong to the book itself. So for example with an extra plastic bag. Covering it with a piece of clothing you are wearing or with your hand is not sufficient.

In a private restroom it is not allowed. After all, there is no reason to assume that someone can take it away from you in your private surroundings.

Recommended video on the question: how to deal with Holy Books.

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Brought By Angelique Sijbolts


Angelique Sijbolts is one of the main writers for the Noahide Academy. She has been an observant Noahide for many years. She studies Torah with Rabbi Perets every week. Angelique invests much of her time in editing video-lectures for the Rabbis of the Academy and contributes in administrating the Academy's website in English and Dutch. She lives in the north of the Netherlands. Married and mother of two sons. She works as a teacher in a school with students with special needs. And is a Hebrew Teacher for the levels beginners and intermediate. She likes to walk, to read and play the piano.



The Divine Code 4e edition by rabbi Moshe Weiner

* G-d refers to all the Names of G-d that may not be erased in any language spoken. But it does not apply to G-ds attributive Names or "shared" Names such as L-rd, by which you can also mean a human being.


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