Ovadia Yosef: Jews may not say 'Oh My God' or 'Ya Allah'

By JPOST.COM STAFF
January 31, 2011 12:48




Rabbi Ovadia Yosef expanded on the Biblical commandment "Thou shalt not take God's name in vain" on Monday, declaring that Jews may not do so in other languages as well.

This makes saying "Oh my God" or the Arabic "Ya Allah," both popular Israeli slang terms, halachically forbidden.

Yosef explained that the "the prohibition is against saying His name when it is not in the context of a blessing or a prayer. We prefer to be stringent and apply the prohibition to languages like English or Arabic."


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