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I work as a computer tester by day. By night I like to write. I like cats and dogs.


Dec
27
comment How is gender halachically determined?
At the risk of either sounding ignorant or presumptuous, I would assume that halachically we would go by what the gender was when the person was born. The simple fact of the matter is that a woman, even if she's medically unable to give birth to a child, is built the same way as a woman who is. If God were to 'open her canals', so to speak, she would again be able to give birth to a child. A man, no matter how much he 'feels like a woman', would never be able to do so without either some medical breakthrough or a change in his bodily structure.
Sep
10
comment How are pre-creation >4000 BCE human civilization and pre-flood >2300 BCE civilizations that continued reconciled with Judaism?
For what its worth, I have pretty much the same questions as you do, even more so that many people take the idea that the world is literally less than 6,000 years old. I refuse to believe that G-d is the ultimate prankster, waiting for the right moment to tell everyone "Gotcha!"
Jul
2
comment Is it possible for God to have rejected us, even in theory?
If it was a 'regular' author, I could understand that; but the author is supposed to be someone who is infused with the spirit of God. If this person even entertained the idea that God could 'reject' us, wouldn't that also allow for the author to follow it to its logical conclusion that God HAS rejected us?
Jun
18
comment What is the significance of bears in Judaism? Why has Dov (or Dov Ber) been such a common Jewish name?
Ber is also yiddish for Bear. Says the person who is named Dov Ber ;)
Oct
16
comment Can you do benching for 3 people when one person does not know what to say in response?
Thanks for the answer, but I felt that the answer you gave based on the shulchan aruch was based on someone who knows what to say but refuses to do so, as opposed to someone who doesn't know what to say. If someone refuses to answer, if they are coerced (!) they can reply; a person who doesn't know what to say, even when forced, still wouldn't be able to answer (unless you gave him a transliterated book and pointed out to him what needed to be said)
Mar
6
comment What's up with this strange new hechsher?
I'm wondering if I'm the only one who finds this a bit offputting. I mean, I know that some hechshers are questionable, but at least then it usually comes down to one rabbi representing the hechsher (OU being the major exception). With this label, though, any moron with a printer can slap a label on some food. In today's world, where there are almost countless possibilities for kosher food with a reliable hechsher, I just don't see the value of this (other than someone trying to sell their own baked goods - and let's be honest, the majority of those people's friends know if it's kosher or not)
Mar
6
comment What's up with this strange new hechsher?
I can't imagine who would want to drink a kosher diet coke with bacon flavor! That just seems unseemly disgusting, hechsher or no.
Feb
15
comment Are there any restrictions about a chazzan if there are questions about his orthodoxy?
Thanks for your answer. The problem is that there are quite a few people who are 'questionable', and it's not like you can say definitively they aren't kosher or shabbos observant. But I'll be more worried about who is called up to daven during Rosh Hashanna or Yom Kippur.
Feb
8
comment Obtaining the 7 Species in the U.S
You can also try using Bulgur en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulgur, which is made up of wheat; alternatively, some Kasha is also made of wheat.
Dec
28
comment Is there such a thing as kosher perry?
Thanks, that gives me a bit more to work with; I tried looking up Kosher Perry and Kosher Pear cider, but didn't get the same hits you did (the main ones were for a comedian Rick Perry). Still, there has to be something with a London Kashrut!
Dec
28
comment Is there such a thing as kosher perry?
@SethJ, No, I can't say that it is widely available outside the UK; I recognize that this is a fairly unique drink, but I saw it featured on a show once and was intrigued. Besides, I live in Holland, so in theory I should be able to get access to Perry a bit easier - if it doesn't come all the way from Australia, that is!
Dec
28
comment Blowing out channukah candles before leaving the house
@Naftali, leaving after the 30 minutes are up
Dec
5
comment Being exposed to Christmas music
@ShmuelL, this is sort of an extention of listening to non-Jewish music. Because Christmas music is so prevelant in Western culture (unlike other Christian holidays - you don't usually hear any Candelmaas music unless you're in a church setting), this is unique - you're not actively looking to listen to non-Jewish music when you watch television, for example, and more than half of a TV show's soundtrack is just background music. Christmas music is the big exception.
Dec
3
comment Does someone who dies very young have a soulmate?
@Menachem, I was indeed asking about someone who dies young; in theory, I could also have asked about those who die unwed, but to my mind (also like msh210 says) there is a big difference to someone who could get married (even if they are young), and someone who never had the chance because they were a small baby when they died. I tried looking for this question, to see if it was asked before, and didn't see it asked, which is why I asked it in the first place.
Dec
1
comment Sand art on Shabbos
@MosheYitzhak, when you use sand in this fashion, you're making it into a drawing, albeit one made of sand. The whole point of using colored sand is to be able to make some kind of art.
Dec
1
comment Filmmaking - Bal Tashchis?
@HodofHod Just to clarify - I'm only speculating why some people would be upset with using eggs and coffee as props in a video. Yes, melting glass down to reuse it again would be ridiculously expensive, but it CAN be done (or at the very least, sent to a recycle center where it will be done for you). Using mud-colored water instead of coffee would have been a good alternative for that in the video. And as far as eggs, you would have to ask the guy making the video if it was necessary in the first place, and then if he checked how much making fake eggs would cost.
Nov
30
comment What other work can a mashgiach do in a kosher restaurant today?
That was indeed the reason; in Amsterdam, they have both an Ashkenazic and Sephardic hechsher.
Nov
29
comment Uman for Rosh Hashanah?
I have a second cousin who went there once (he missed his connecting flight in Amsterdam and was stuck for Shabbos here). He showed up at our door carrying a knapsack and a 10 liter bottle of vodka (I'm guessing - it was HUGE). So some people go to pray; others go for the cheap booze.
Nov
29
comment Davening on Plane Zmanim
I'll definetly have to remember this when I fly from Amsterdam to New York!
Nov
29
comment Filmmaking - Bal Tashchis?
It depends on how much money it would cost to make the eggs. It would also depend on whether dumping eggs on the floor was even necessary in the first place (there are probably plenty of other cheap props - such as a fake cup of coffee - that would get the point of spilling a product across).