Digital Sanctity

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Dear Rabbi Simon,
Can I write G-d’s name electronically and delete it?

Dear Dina,
Thank you for your practical question.
The answer is that you may, as the digital image which appears on a screen does not have the sanctity (or relative permanence) of the written word. However, as a matter of sensitivity I would not encourage writing the name of G-d digitally (such as on a computer screen or handheld device) simply for the purpose of deleting it. This is a possible implication of the wording of your question—although I don’t presume this was actually your intent.
In my view, it remains “best practice” to utilise the form “G-d”—described by some as “a dash of respect”—even when writing digitally (as most of our writing is today in any case), in order to remind yourself and your reader(s) of the sanctity attached to the name of Hashem even in a foreign language.
Just for the sake of completeness, I will add that you need not use this approach when using other terms for “G-d”, such as Lord (L-rd) or Almighty (A-mighty).
I hope this is helpful.
Best wishes
Rabbi Rashi Simon

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Dear Rabbi Simon,
Where do you stand on quinoa (and the kitniyot ban) for Pesach?
Many thanks,
Dear Tzippy,
In line with other American authorities, I am in favour of quinoa. Although I reject completely the voices (mostly from Israel) seeking to abolish the ban on kitniyot entirely, IMO we do not need to include in the prohibition pseudo-grains that were unknown in the Old World until modern times. Best to buy with a Pesach hechsher though, to be free of any possible wheat contamination.
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