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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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reviewed Leave Closed What to Learn During Seder
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reviewed Reviewed Candle for Havdalah during Kiddush of Chag Saturday night
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comment Candle for Havdalah during Kiddush of Chag Saturday night
Max, welcome to Mi Yodeya, and thanks very much for this timely question! I hope you'll look around and find other material of interest, perhaps starting with some of our 75 other havdalah questions. I look forward to seeing your around. Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameyach!
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revised Candle for Havdalah during Kiddush of Chag Saturday night
edited tags
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reviewed Leave Open Using soap at Netilat Yadayim to clean your hands?
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reviewed Leave Open Why are all pronunciations of each letter voiced or voiceless?
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reviewed Close Kri / K'tiv - Why were they created to start?
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comment How far do orthodox Jews go to avoid symbols that are superficially from other religions?
CJ Dennis, welcome to Mi Yodeya, and thanks for bringing this interesting question here! Interesting that you should mention French Jews. I once used the word "crucial" in (English) conversation with a French-speaking Orthodox Jew, and he interrupted me with "so to speak." I didn't get waht he meant, and he explained that "crucial" means "of the cross." I'd never before and never have since heard of Jews objecting to the use of that word.
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comment Using soap at Netilat Yadayim to clean your hands?
Could you please edit this post to be in standard English?
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comment What to Learn During Seder
Sean, I recommend that you either edit in more detailed criteria that the selected study program should fulfill or convert this question to a process question along the lines of "How should one choose?" Either way could make it more possible to provide answers that can be compared and evaluated objectively.
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reviewed Leave Closed How to enter an apartment that has to enter a code to through call box on shabbat?
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comment Who was Johanan the Immerser?
The question asks for "rabbinical writings" and for how "Judaism" considers this individual. This answer demonstrates that a Jewish historian mentioned him, but does not refer to rabbinical writings or the view of Judaism. Thus, it does not address the question.
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comment Who was Johanan the Immerser?
@DoubleAA, I put in some background references, sufficient to orient the reader to this figure and demonstrate that he shows up in historical accounts interacting with Jews. I think that's sufficient to make it clear that this question is on-topic.
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revised Who was Johanan the Immerser?
background links
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reviewed Close Was there grass or flowers on Har Sinai?
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awarded  Nice Question
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comment Why is torah different to other studies
@cham the question, as currently posted, doesn't prove anything, as it's founded on unsupported assertions. And, more importantly for fitting on a Q&A site, it doesn't ask anything, either. I recommend that you check out this tour that describes how Mi Yodeya is different from other internet forums and this Meta post about how best to post questions that you already have an answer to. For a good non-Q&A format for publishing your views, you may want to consider writing an op-ed for a newspaper or starting your own blog.
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comment Why is torah different to other studies
Please edit to pre-empt the following questions: 1) What is your basis for your cited success statistics for medical school? 2) What do you mean by "talmidai chachomim"? 3) What is your basis for your cited success statistics for yeshiva/kollel? 4) Why would you expect the success statistics, as you're defining them (if you've done so in response to (2)), of medical school and yeshiva/kollel to have anything to do with each other? 5) What information are you asking for? "Must it really be like that?" sounds rather like a rhetorical question.
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awarded  Enlightened
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awarded  Nice Answer