Name of God

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Sep 14 14:28:26 UTC 2007

An oddity, FWIW: The Hebrew  _HWHY_, in large brass letters that
"shine like Klondike gold," to quote a blues line, are over the
entrance to the Catholic Old Saint Louis Cathedral in Saint Louis -
not to be confused with the Saint Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. I
have never in my life heard even the slightest breath of rumor as to
why this should be the case.


On 9/13/07, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:
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> Subject:      Re: Name of God
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> At 9/13/2007 07:55 PM, Gerald Cohen wrote:
> >The explanation I was once given is that it's inappropriate to spell
> >out the entire word, since the piece of paper it's written on might
> >later be thrown away or otherwise destroyed. And that would be disrespectful.
> >
> >Gerald Cohen
> _The Jewish Book of Why_ says it comes from the 3rd commandment, and
> then asks "But what is God's name?"  Yehova is never to be pronounced
> (except by the High Priest when officiating at Yom Kippur) or written
> out.  Adonai is only to be spoken in prayer.
> >________________________________
> >
> >From: American Dialect Society on behalf of Charles Doyle
> >Sent: Thu 9/13/2007 7:03 AM
> >Subject: Re: X marrying Y <> Y marrying X?
> >
> ><snip>
> >
> >I still have an occasional Jewish student who will write the word
> >"God" as "G-d."  As if "God" is really the unutterable and
> >unwritabale NAME, when H- said H-s name is "- -m" . . .
> >
> >--Charlie
>   _Why_ continues:
> "In the last few decades [published 1981], a new practice has come
> into vogue: that of not writing out in full the _English_ names "God"
> or "Lord".  Most authorities consider this to be without foundation
> and no more than a passing fad."
> Joel
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