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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.

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


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comment Experience-based advice for focusing and slowing down prayers?
Experience is something one reports, unlike opinion, which is something one makes up.
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comment Experience-based advice for focusing and slowing down prayers?
Could you edit this answer to address I am less interested in what has been proposed in theory or proclaimed as successful by saintly sages of old than I am in learning what has worked empirically for regular people of our times. Consequently, I would most appreciate responses that follow the rough format "My davening was ... So I tried doing ... Now, my davening is ..."?
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reviewed Leave Closed How long does one have to say al hamichya?
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reviewed Close Why believe in the revelation at Sinai other than the “Kuzari mesora” argument?
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revised Why didn't Noach look out the window?
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on genizah-storage tag wiki excerpt
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reviewed Leave Closed How should a shul determine its hashkafa?
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reviewed Close Is there really evidence that the Rabbis changed the day's beginning from sunrise to sunset?
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comment Age of Universe and Shabbat
+!, but that's not the episode that's mentioned in Kiddush.
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revised A rabbi asked me to light candles before weekday Mincha/Ma'ariv. Is this customary? Is there a bracha?
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comment A rabbi asked me to light candles before weekday Mincha/Ma'ariv. Is this customary? Is there a bracha?
ablaze, a belated welcome to Mi Yodeya, and thanks very much for sharing this question! I was mystified by your question, having no idea what it could have described, and enlightened by Yitzchak's answer. 59 minutes, and there's already at least one person who's learned a little bit more about Jewish practice thanks to your contribution. I hope you'll stick around and keep reading and participating.
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comment Books on Politics
You might want to specify whether you want books from a particular era. Otherwise, the Torah, as @DoubleAA suggests, or Rambam Hilchot Melachim would seem to qualify, and I suspect that that's not what you're looking for. Also, please edit in more information about what would make a particular recommendation most valuable and why, to give us a basis for evaluating answers.
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comment Torture in Jewish Law Used Against the Enemy
Time Zone Tov, Ev"Sh! It's important to understand that by participating here, you're helping build a community-generated repository of Jewish knowledge for people to use and learn from for as long as the Internet sticks around. That's why we try hard to maintain high standards for quality - to ensure that our content is as reliably useful to countless future readers as possible. Please take a look at meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/q/306/2.
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revised Torture in Jewish Law Used Against the Enemy
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revised What should a woman think about during candle lighting?
link, blockquote
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comment Candle Lighting
Please edit into the question as much information as you can about where you've heard this.
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revised Age of Universe and Shabbat
grammar, jargon
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reviewed Leave Open Age of Universe and Shabbat
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comment Age of Universe and Shabbat
I like the fact that the two comments above this one both more or less assume the answer's trivial, but in opposite directions. DS - The explicit context of the question is those who don't take "yom" in the text to mean what we mean now by that word. Daniel - We clearly use "yom" to mean 24-hour day in the context of Shabbat, and we declare Shabbat as a testimony to the "yamim" of Creation, so I think its fair to wonder how that could be consistent with assuming that these two yoms mean different things.
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reviewed Close WHO is this rabbi?