Why Do Some Jews Spell God "G-d?"?

why do they spell it as "G-d"

do they say God?

do they call him by his name, Jehovah?


Jehovah is God.

In the bible it says to call him Jehovah

to use his name (not in vain)

and when they say it what do they say? Gee Dee?! or God?

14 Answers

  • Aravah
    Lv 7
    10 years ago
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    answer: "Jehovah" is a bad guess name that ONLY Christians use, not Jews. Yahweh is a guess name as well. Jews don't attempt to determine what vowels go with YHVH (note, no "w" or "j" in Hebrew) - again - get away from the JW's if you wish to learn about Judaism - they get everything wrong.


    Jews do not casually write any Name of God. This practice does not come from the commandment not to take the Lord's Name in vain, as many suppose. In Jewish thought, that commandment refers solely to oath-taking, and is a prohibition against swearing by God's Name falsely or frivolously (the word normally translated as "in vain" literally means "for falsehood").

    Judaism does not prohibit writing the Name of God per se; it prohibits only erasing or defacing a Name of God. However, observant Jews avoid writing any Name of God casually because of the risk that the written Name might later be defaced, obliterated or destroyed accidentally or by one who does not know better.

    It is worth noting that this prohibition against erasing or defacing Names of God applies only to Names that are written in some kind of permanent form, and recent rabbinical decisions have held that writing on a computer is not a permanent form, thus it is not a violation to type God's Name into a computer and then backspace over it or cut and paste it, or copy and delete files with God's Name in them. However, once you print the document out, it becomes a permanent form. That is why observant Jews avoid writing a Name of God on web sites like this one or in newsgroup messages: because there is a risk that someone else will print it out and deface it.

    Normally, we avoid writing the Name by substituting letters or syllables, for example, writing "G-d" instead of "God." In addition, the number 15, which would ordinarily be written in Hebrew as Yod-Hei (10-5), is normally written as Teit-Vav (9-6), because Yod-Hei is a Name.


    Source(s): Jewish convert
  • 10 years ago

    It isn't necessary, but it is common. The reason is that actual Hebrew names of God are not to be mistreated, i.e. thrown away in the trash or erased. This prohibition does not apply to the English word God (or it's equivelant in any language other than Hebrew). Nevertheless, as a personal stringency, many people do not write out the word God. It also doesn't apply to text written on a computer monitor, but does to text that is printed; again only Hebrew names of God. However, if I were to write one of the Hebrew Names in my answer, I would not write it out completely or as a whole since someone reading it might print it and mistreat it.

    They do say God, Gott, Allah and whatever other words equate in various languages.

    Hebrew has no letter with a "J" sound, so there is no such name as Jehovah in Hebrew. That is an Anglicized pronunciation of the German (assumed) transliteration of the tetragramaton. A German "j" sounds like a "y". Modern Hebrew has incorporated the "j" sound by using a geresh (looks like an single quotation mark) after he letter gimel to denote that it is not a hard "g" sound. However, it doesn't apply to the Name, which has no gimmel in it.

    Source(s): Noachide
  • I will only give you a short answer. They do not want to use God's name in vain.

    So they figure if they do not use God's name it is harder to use his name in vain.

    They think if they put a hyphen in between G and D they are not using God's name. Of course God is not a Hebrew word it just is a translation.

    So one could argue that they could still use G-D in vain and then they would have to shorten it to G-- and then just ---- and so on.

    But you have to remember that they would have to cut out word's from their own scripture in order to avoid using God's name. This of course requires them to change scripture. They actually read different words out loud then what is written in Hebrew in the Torah.... in other words Jews who carry on this practice in a sense have changed God's word.

    Source(s): Talking to both Orthodox and Messianic Jews as well as other Jews and Christians. Hebrew class at a Messianic Synagogue
  • 10 years ago

    "Hey you Eva Braun!" Where do you come off answering any question pertaining to Judaism-you have some brass ones "girl!"-you are one of the biggest Jew hater,s on this site-whatever bad that you wish the Jews-should return to you in kind.

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  • 6 years ago

    Because they rely on the traditions of men and misinterpret the Hebrew scrolls.

  • 5 years ago

    idiots, show some respect...don't need or want smart alec comments. if you don' t know , just shut up

  • 10 years ago

    Yeah I knew a guy once and he wrote it like that.

    Only he used a star like this "G*d"

  • 10 years ago

    Because they are not supposed to write His name on anything that could be desecrated, destroyed or thrown away.

  • 10 years ago

    they don't want to have the name deleted erased or destroyed as some one said here before. that's why they say jw for the j------ witnesses. if you know what I mean.

  • 10 years ago

    Cause they don’t have publishing rights


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