Tuesday, December 22, 2009


In a recent column, R. Shlomo Brody discusses whether his Jerusalem Post columns are sheimos and have to be buried or can be thrown out (link). He points out that erasing God's name is biblically prohibited and other forms of Torah is rabbinically prohibited.

However, some are lenient regarding material that is printed with the intent it be disposable. But not everyone agrees with this and requires that you treat it respectfully and wrap it in a bag before throwing it in the garbage.

Click here to read moreHe does not mention, however, the view that anything in English (or any non-Hebrew language) cannot become sheimos. R. Moshe Feinstein (Iggeros Moshe, Orach Chaim 2:55) and R. Yitzchak Weiss (Minchas Yitzchak 1:17) both rule this way. Therefore, R. Brody's Jerusalem Post columns, which are in English, never become sheimos.

However, R. Weiss still required treating the English words of Torah with respect and wrapping them before throwing them out. R. Feinstein, though, places no such restriction.

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