Torah Riddle Test #1

  1. Question: If a blotch of ink fell all over the name of Hashem in the Torah why are you allowed to erase it in order to fix it?


A. The Shulchan Aruch (Yoreh Deah 276:9) says one is forbidden to erase even one letter from the Seven Names of G-D which cannot be erased, even when writing a Torah scroll.

B. If one wrote the small leg of a “hey,”  while writing Hashem’s name, too close to the top so it looks like a “ches” he is allowed to erase or scrape off the top part of the letter to make it look like a “hey”.

Answer: The Rema in si’if 11 considers it fixing, not erasing.

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