Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Proofreading, part 6a

Gabriel points out, correctly, that some authorities permit erasing of a Divine Name which was created by hak tokhot.

You see why that should be, of course? The logic goes, if the shapes made by hak tokhot don't count as letters, then the Divine-Name-like things created thereby cannot be proper Divine Names, and if they aren't Divine Names, you may erase them.

A coherent position, it's just not one I would generally apply, particularly not in this kind of circumstance. Being able to justify something doesn't mean we should go around doing it.

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