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I am a student at Northwestern University studying computer science. I am looking forward to my Mi.Yodeya reputation exceeding my Stack Overflow reputation, because I think that will mean that I am no longer a nerd. My Mi.Yodeya reputation has finally exceeded my SO reputation! I'm not a nerd anymore.


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comment Playing music in the car with the windows open
Dina demalchusa
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comment How do we respond to the argument of “stupid design”?
Who says that "intelligent design" is what Jews believe?
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comment Using Ethiopian oral law to resolve machloket
@DoubleAA it shouldn't. I'm talking about the case where we have machloket and they only have a tradition from one side of the argument
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comment Using Ethiopian oral law to resolve machloket
@DoubleAA will do. Regarding your chiluk, what's the difference? Obviously this question only applies to Torah-level commandments and not derabanans, which is a point I originally neglected to include in the question.
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comment Using Ethiopian oral law to resolve machloket
@DoubleAA on undisputed points in Talmud, we assume that they are correctly transmitted, so if the Ethiopians had a machlokes, I think we'd feel pretty confident in telling them what the Talmud says is correct. Why not the other way around?
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comment Using Ethiopian oral law to resolve machloket
@DoubleAA Because they don't have dispute and we do
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comment Using Ethiopian oral law to resolve machloket
@DoubleAA I don't make that assumption. But if we have disagreement and they don't have disagreement about that particular point but seem to follow one of the disagreeing positions, maybe we can assume that's what was taught at Sinai.
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comment Using Ethiopian oral law to resolve machloket
@rosenjcb I don't understand your question
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comment Ethiopians and Oral Law
The Talmud wasn't written down until much later. The fact that they don't have Talmud doesn't mean they don't have oral law
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comment Difference between books called “Shulchan Aruch”
Ah, I see that Yishai addressed those in his answer.
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comment Difference between books called “Shulchan Aruch”
What about Shulchan Aruch HaRav and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch?
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reviewed Leave Closed Eretz Yisroel and Israel
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comment How do I pronounce “yod” when there is a dot inside of it?
This is something I've been working on of late (and is a good suggestion regarding your question about improving concentration during davening)
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comment Mi-Shebeirach for Shabbat musaf starting point
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comment Mi-Shebeirach for Shabbat musaf starting point
I don't know that this question is really the type of question that we want to entertain. I'll bring it up on meta.
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comment What halachic issues are involved in turning off a mobile phone while praying the quiet Amidah?
Whether one should turn off the phone wasn't the question. The question is what the halachic issues are. If you think there are no halachic issues, then say that (but we know that's not true because there is an issue mentioned in the question). Otherwise, explain the issues and then explain why one should nevertheless silence his phone.
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comment Mi-Shebeirach for Shabbat musaf starting point
I still don't really understand the question. Why is it surprising that not everybody does it exactly the same way as your father?
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comment Mi-Shebeirach for Shabbat musaf starting point
@msh210 that's exactly the answer I would have given