A Shul Newsletter: Burial?

Question

My shul prints a weekly Shabbat booklet.
Most people read the booklet and then discard it.

The booklet includes a prayer written in Hebrew.

Excerpts from this printed prayer

בָּרוּךְ אַתָה אֲדֹנָי

אֱ־לֹהִים

You have explained to me previously that the hyphen in Elohim
allows one to discard the booklet in a respectful manner.

My question is about the word Adonai – discard respectfully or bury?

Since the booklet and prayer must have been reviewed and approved by our rabbi, I cannot believe that he would allow a word that requires burial.

Thanks.

 

4 weeks

Answers

  1. First I will write what I think and then I will write what I think is the correct thing to actually do.

    You make an interesting distinction in the various spellings of the Names of God. However, there are Torah authorities who say that any printed material may be discarded (in a respectful manner), and does not require burial in the manner that written Torah or Names of God does.

    Having said that, since there is a Rabbi of your shul, the correct thing to do is to ask him this question for his ruling – since he is the authority there. It is not the place of an “outsider” to interfere in what is done in his shul.

    Shabbat Shalom!

    Best wishes from the AskTheRabbi.org Team