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I founded mi.yodeya.
I'm also a public transit technologist.
Major Jewish communal credentials:
Mashgiach Emeritus, MIT Hillel Kosher Kitchens;
Gabbai Emeritus, MIT Orthodox Minyan.

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Contact me off-line at lo_yodeya@ (my personal domain, listed under "Website" in this profile).


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comment Should you say “Bircat HaGomel” after receiving outpatient test results?
@guest, the precise application of the rules to anyone's specific situation is a question they need to address to their rabbi. However, it's likely that there are general guidelines on the books that rabbis would work from.
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comment Should you say “Bircat HaGomel” after receiving outpatient test results?
guest, welcome to Mi Yodeya, and thanks for contributing answers! This answer would be a great deal more valuable if you could edit in sources for your assertions of Jewish law.
2h
comment Is there any halachic problem with an ark having a “lazy susan” for the Sifrei Torah?
This question would be more compelling if you would edit in why you suspect that this may or may not be forbidden.
3h
revised Is sexual assault considered yehareig v'al yaavor?
added 6 characters in body
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reviewed Leave Open Was the fast of Tisha B'av in effect during the second temple era?
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comment What happened to the mitzvah to love the stranger as yourself?
Are you asking about a particular book, or about practice as you've observed it? If the former, please edit in which book it is. If the latter, please include more details of what you've observed, the more substantial, the better.
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revised Is sexual assault considered yehareig v'al yaavor?
source link, ltag
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comment Can one say Kaddish for a deceased family member even if their parents are still alive?
@Yishai, I agreee that that answer doesn't answer the question. I've voted to close that question, since, despite the disclaimer, it's asking "what should I do in my specific situation?"
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comment Is it allowed to be a therapist in New Jersey?
This question is entirely based on two fundamental assumptions, neither of which is supported in the question: 1) NJ law bans licensed therapists from treating homosexuality. 2) Halacha requires licensed therapists to treat homosexuality. As these are both surprising assertions, the question would be a great deal more compelling if it backed them both up. (I suspect that if you try to back up 1, you'll find that the reality is significantly different. As for 2, I don't know where you'll find psychotherapy requirements in the Sh"A, but maybe you're thinking of some recent responsa?)
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comment where in the torah is You people are Elohim
Welcome to Mi Yodeya! As this question is about interpreting a passage in the Christian scripture, it would probably be on-topic at Christianity or Biblical Hermeneutics, but it's off-topic here, as experts on Judaism don't necessarily know anything at all about Christian scripture.
Jun
26
comment Is there any significance to someone's non-Hebrew calendar birthday?
This question would be more compelling if you would edit in why you suspect that this secular institution might have religious significance in Judaism.
Jun
26
reviewed Leave Open How can all the great rabbis' practices be accepted by Hashem?
Jun
26
reviewed Leave Open Can one say Kaddish for a deceased family member even if their parents are still alive?
Jun
26
comment Can one say Kaddish for a deceased family member even if their parents are still alive?
@DanF, that question appears to be particularly about resolving a difference between one's parents and one's rabbi.
Jun
26
comment Is it allowed to be a therapist in New Jersey?
This question would be much more compelling if it cited the sources in Halacha that prescribe psychotherapy.
Jun
25
comment What do Jews believe happens to Christians when they die?
Jmd82, feel free to post whatever questions you have as new question posts. As it happens, this one has been addressed here: judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/36675/…
Jun
25
comment What do Jews believe happens to Christians when they die?
Jmd82, welcome to Mi Yodeya, and thanks very much for bringing your question here! No need to apologize for posting a duplicate; if you couldn't find the information you were looking for through intuitive search, then there are others out there who want the same information and would have similar difficulty. Thanks you your question, people who google for this information using similar words will be more likely to find it. Thanks for making the Internet richer! I hope you'll look around and find other information of interest, perhaps starting with some of our hundreds of gentiles Q&As.
Jun
25
comment Giving money to a shul
This question would be more compelling if you would edit in indications of why you think it might or might not be. Also, do you mean "mitzvah" as in "one of the 613 mitzvot," as in "fulfilling a Halachic requirement," or as in "a good deed, according to Judaism"?
Jun
24
reviewed Leave Open Were new arrivals stuck at Ellis Island for Shabbos?
Jun
23
comment Is there an English translation online of the Ramban on Chumash?
@WAF. thanks. Incorporated.