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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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Aug
27
comment When does personhood begin?
If the question is "at what point does it become a violation of one of the cardinal sins to kill a fetus," or "at what point does the life of a fetus have equal status to that of another human (e.g. the mother) if a choice between them must be made," then I recommend that it be phrased accordingly for clarity's sake. If you're trying to get at a philosophical sense of "personhood" that transcends the laws of taking a life, I think you should make that explicit, and the question should be opened, but the answer might be "Judaism doesn't have that."
Aug
27
reviewed Leave Open Aramaic to English translations from the Mishna
Aug
27
comment Aramaic to English translations from the Mishna
@mevaqesh, the Mishna is a fundamental text in Judaism, and its contents are on-topic. I'm a little confused, though, about what this question is getting at. As user613 pointed out, there isn't much Aramaic in the Mishna. jeff, this question could be improved with some explanation of what you're trying to get at. I'm voting to put this on hold as "unclear what you're asking." If this is a linguistics question to which the Mishna is entirely incidental (i.e. what you really want to know is whether such a word exists in any Aramaic texts of that period), then this question may well be off-topic.
Aug
26
comment Which Shmita spelling is the most correct?
@DanF questions do not have to be asking for Halacha to be on-topic. Discussion of Judaism concepts is certainly relevant to Judaism.
Aug
26
comment Which Shmita spelling is the most correct?
@DanF language-relation does not make questions off-topic. Absence of Judaism-relation does. See this FAQ entry for the policy and this diagram for a visual representation thereof.
Aug
26
comment Translation from english to hebrew
Deavon, welcome to Mi Yodeya! This question is off-topic here, since we deal only with questions about Judaism, and therefore with questions about Hebrew language only if they're also about Judaism. I encourage you to support the Area 51 proposal for a site about Hebrew language, where questions like this one would be more likely to be on-topic.
Aug
26
comment Which Shmita spelling is the most correct?
@DoubleAA, probably. I think such questions probably need at least a modicum of explicit motivation. I don't think such questions are generally great questions, though.
Aug
26
revised How to translate העלם in the context of שבת
was in an oblivion when it was time to add the link
Aug
26
reviewed Leave Open Which Shmita spelling is the most correct?
Aug
26
reviewed Close What are the sources of Rabbi Yitzchak Ginzburg tapes?
Aug
26
comment How to translate העלם in the context of שבת
@Loewian the question is asking for a recommended way to convey a specific Torah concept such that it'll be understood by English-speaking readers, concise enough to be used repeatedly in written Torah discussion related to that concept. Think of this more as "how shall I teach this?" than as "what should dictionaries say?".
Aug
26
comment Which Shmita spelling is the most correct?
@msh210, I gave it a try. Christian, please edit further if I've misrepresented your intent.
Aug
26
revised Which Shmita spelling is the most correct?
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Aug
26
answered How to translate העלם in the context of שבת
Aug
26
reviewed Leave Open How to translate העלם in the context of שבת
Aug
26
comment How to translate העלם in the context of שבת
This question is about a detail of learning and teaching Gemara. It is 100% on-topic.
Aug
25
revised How do you pay a debt (not a loan) in a different currency?
edited tags
Aug
25
comment Was there a scriptural, halachic, rabbinical, or legal reason for Jewish involvement in the Civil Rights Movement?
@Yishai "Republican" and "Democrat" aren't self-explanatory enough, in terms of the scope of their respective associated belief systems, to make the question answerable, IMO. I agree with you that this question may be a duplicate of this one; the distinction though may be that this one is about whether there's a duty to actively oppose oppression, as opposed to whether, philosophically, it's OK to believe in a philosophy that could lead to it.
Aug
24
reviewed Reopen Names with origins of avoda zara
Aug
24
revised Names with origins of avoda zara
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