September 25, 2008, - 11:41 am
By Debbie Schlussel
A number of readers ask why I use a hyphen in the word “G-d”. It’s something I’ve explained occasionally on this site, but for new readers, I am happy to explain again.
As a religious Jew who attended a private Jewish elementary school, I was taught by my parents and teachers never to use the name G-d in vain. In that light, we were always taught never to write out the full name, whether in Hebrew or English. We were always taught to use hyphens or dashes and/or abreviations.
That’s why I spell the word “G-d”. Rest assured, it’s entirely out of respect–NOT diminution or denigration–for the omniscient, monotheistic power greater than us all.