We’re dedicating new Siddurim on the first day of Shavuot. In honor of this wonderful occasion, we’re using the counting of the Omer to learn about the siddur.
Enjoy today’s siddur related question and answer, which was provided by Sophia B. & Rabbi B..
What should be done with old torahs, siddurs, and sacred texts?
Today, most synagogues have a closet or a box where they collect used papers and ritual objects that are considered sacred to eventually end up in a genizah. A genizah is a storage area in a synagogue designated for worn-out Hebrew books and papers on religious topics before they are properly buried. The genizah in the Ben Ezra synagogue in Old Cairo is the most famous one in the world for its size and contents. Its contents are being digitized so that they can be researched by scholars all over the world. The general rule is that anything dealing with sacred subjects should be placed in a genizah, rather than thrown out. However, an Israeli newspaper, though written in Hebrew, would not need to go in a genizah, but a megillah that had been damaged would.