יהשוה Transliterated from Hebrew “Yehoshava”, a name of the Almighty
In Clause 5.g of The Committee for the Review of Offensive Domain Names:
Work Procedures, it has been determined that:
“The Committee’s decisions will be received through a majority. The decision to reject a domain name for registration must be based on a majority vote.”
All of the Committee members have voted in favor of approving the requested domain name –
the domain name יהשוה .co.il is approved.
Mr. Hank Nussbacher –
Chairperson of the Committee for the Review of Offensive Domain Names
of the Israel Internet Association
The Committee Members’ comments:
Prof. Michael Birnhack:
- The committee has the authority to approve a domain name, or to reject a domain name on the basis that the requested domain name may be damaging to public policy or considered vulgar or offensive to public sentiments, or such names which are in violation of Israeli Law, as defined in Clause 7.3 of the Domain Registration Rules.
- The meaning of the word ‘Yehoshava’ has not been researched thoroughly. Internet searches reveal various religious connotations. To the best of my knowledge, none of these connotations is considered vulgar in the Hebrew language, nor is this word offensive to public policy or sentiment, and I have no knowledge of any legal limitations on this word.
- This is enough to approve the requested domain. Even further, since there appears to be a certain insinuation to the formal word for the Almighty י-ה-ו-ה )YHWH), we may refer to the decision of deliberation of the Committee in which there were variances of opinion (see Decision 1/12), yet the final result approved the YHWH domain name. If such a domain name was approved after a serious debate, then this domain name should be readily accepted.
- In light of this, I am of the opinion that the requested domain name should be approved.
Since the name “Yehoshava” is not considered the exact name of the Almighty, I suggest there be no need for any further explanations because there is technically no problem with this (regarding Jewish Religious Law). For similar names, such as Yehoshua (Joshua) or Yeshayahu (Isaiah), there would be no need for a debate. Yehoshava is not explicitly the Almighty’s name but rather an individual’s name. Apparently an alternative spelling of Yehoshua (Joshua). Therefore there is no hindrance from approving the domain.
Boaz Okon (Judge, Ret.)
I agree with Yochi Brandeis’ comments.
The domain name is not offensive and therefore I submit my approval of the requested domain name.
All Committee members support reception of the request. As stated above, and according to the regulations that have been determined, the request for domain name יהשוה .co.il is approved.