August 27, 1999 at 12:00 am #33533
Use of the term Hashem is common in Jewish circles. Literally it is Hebrew for 'the name'. It is used in speech in order to avoid accidental use of G-d's name in vain, or similar transgressions. In written form it serves the same purpose, with the additional objective of making the paper not sacred; if one wrote THE NAME on a paper, then the paper is sacred and requires suitable treatment and disposal. There's a lot more to the subject, but this is the short version.