Sivan 5767 – Digital Sheimos?

Sivan 5767
Digital Sheimos?
Rabbi Aaron Tendler

Lichvod Rabbi Tendler,

I recently purchased a used palm Treo (palm pilot phone), that came with uploaded Gemara text. I have no use for it to be on my phone. Am I halachically allowed to just delete the file or is it sheimot? If it is sheimot how should I go about deleting the file?
I guess my question would also apply to all Torah that is on a tape, CD, MP3 or computer.
Thank you!


Thank you for your question. The concensus of most Poskim is that digital writing is not actual writing as it relates to erasing the name of Hashem or other Shaimos. You may therefore delete the Gemara text on your Treo.

Take care,
Rabbi Aaron Tendler