The Tetragrammaton in Newspapers
While reading the most recent issue of The New Republic at breakfast this morning, I noticed that on the cover were two instances of the tetragrammaton (YHVH) appearing in Hebrew. Can I throw the cover in the garbage or do I have to treat it like a page from a humash and put it in a genizah? (On the question of the disposal of printed matter containing the tetragrammaton see this responsum and the literature cited at the end.) The Rambam in Hilchot Yesodei HaTorah 6:8 codified that the only writings which require proper disposal are those which were written by a Jew and for the sake of holiness (בקדושה). One of the first places where this question was raised was regarding the proofs or galleys of printed books which were intended to be proofread and contained God’s name. Since these were never intended to be holy, it was not necessary to dispose of them in a genizah (see Shu”t Ein Yitzhak OH 5) Despite this codified halachah, R. Moshe Feinstein said that while he doesn’t look for instances of God’s name in the newspaper, when he does see one, even though it was not written for the sake of holiness, he rips it out and disposes of it properly (Iggrot Moshe YD I:172).