Oh my… G-d?

In Leviticus 22:32 we read: “You shall not profane My holy name, that I may be sanctified in the midst of the Israelite people—I Adonai who sanctify you.”

Is saying, “oh my G-d” in casual conversation really a way of profaning G-d’s name? If profane is the opposite of sacred, then isn’t anything casual, by definition, profane?

On the other hand, G-d isn’t really G-d’s name. What do you think? Should we try to remove this common idiom from our speech?

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Jane Kanowitz on April 27, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    OMG!!! (oh my GOSH) — a rose would smell as sweet by any other name (or something like that) –
    Respect for all of creation is pious – whether its formal or casual, in word or in deed.

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