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Rav Moshe Shternbuch: Can You Throw Newspapers With Torah Content Into The Garbage?

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Rav Moshe Shternbuch: Can You Throw Newspapers With Torah Content Into The Garbage?
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Rav Moshe Shternbuch points out (1:553) that the Rambam (Yesodei HaTorah 6:8) distinguishes between Kisvei Kodesh meaning klafim of tanach that must be buried and seforim that do not fall into the category of Kisvei Kodesh which do need to be buried but it is forbidden to destroy them or burn them. If you destroy them you get Malkus D'Rabanan (Mardus).

To be Melamed Z'chus on people who throw newspapers with Torah content in the garbage he makes two points. Firstly, printed materials technically have no kedusha and secondly, since these newspapers are made to be thrown out they never become kadosh.

Although Rav Shterbuch himself buries any papers with any kind of torah content, he paskens that one should wrap it in a bag or another paper before throwing out. That would be okay considering the fact that it is printed and meant to be erased. Furthermore it is best not to place it in the garbage can with the rest of the garbage but rather in separate bin. He ends of by saying that V'Hamachmir Tovoi Alav Bracha.

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