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Recent graduate with a BA in Computer Science, currently working on Learneroo.com, for interactive education. Blogs: Zappable.com, TorahJournal.com/Blog.


Aug
5
answered the aggadic concept of a finite number of words to speak
Aug
4
comment How many T'fachim make up an Ama?
4.5 according to wolframalpha. Though the gemara mentions 5 & 6. wolframalpha.com/input/?i=1+cubit+in+handbreadths
Aug
3
comment When does somebody living in space (e.g. ISS) observe Shabbat?
Maybe shabbat doesn't apply in space. In fact, maybe mitzvot don't apply there. I remember seeing an article where the author suggested (semi-seriously) that the source for mitzvot outside of Israel is a passuk which says "adama", and therefor might does not include outer space. CYLOR before grabbing a ham sandwich though;)
Aug
3
answered How does “eilu v'eilu” work out with an absolute truth?
Aug
2
revised Is it permissible to erase the name of G-d from an E-reader?
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Aug
2
answered Is it permissible to erase the name of G-d from an E-reader?
Jul
22
comment Walking by an Automatic Door on Shabbos
I meant there was no other way besides walking by the door. I assume if you can just keep a few feet away, you should.
Jul
20
comment Is using a Kindle on Shabbat permitted?
"E-ink is not any more like physical ink than a CRT or LCD monitor" In once case, actual particles are being manipulated to form letters, while on LCD, there's just shining light.
Jul
19
answered What is the best way to break a fast?
Jul
15
answered Why did G-d not stop the holocaust?
Jul
10
comment Minimal requirements for bedtime shema
Sh'ma is only d'orayta if you didn't yet say it after the correct time. Ideally, one shouldn't delay the mitzvah until going to sleep. According to many opinions, the second parsha is also part of the mitzvah (and the third would fulfill the mitzvah to remember yetzias mitzrayim).
Jul
7
comment Kabala in Halacha
For many reasons, I dont think it is very likely that the Rambam had or would have quoted the Zohar. Those passages in the Zohar were probably taken from the Rambam, but it doesn't mean the whole text was invented then.
Jun
29
comment Exercises to prevent eyes tiring
At least product recommendations are specifically Jewish and cannot be asked elsewhere,( and most are Torah-related) but this is just a general health tip question. But it makes little difference either way.
Jun
29
comment Exercises to prevent eyes tiring
There's no hashkafic or halachik issue being asked, and reading isn't something specific to Judaism.
Jun
28
comment Exercises to prevent eyes tiring
This doesn't seem like a question on Judaism.
Jun
27
comment What is the halachic source for objection to gay (civil) marriage?
There have actually been many cases already. E.g. (from 2008): articles.latimes.com/2008/jun/17/opinion/oe-stern17
Jun
26
answered Why do we say Shelo Asani Goy?
Jun
24
comment What is the halachic source for objection to gay (civil) marriage?
There's a machlokes between R.Henkin and R.M. Feinstein over the status of non-halachik marriages for non-observant Jews. It depends whether one applies the principle of "ein adam oseh b'ilaso b'ilas znus". R' Moshe said one does not apply it in such cases, and they are not considered married once they separate. Everyone agrees that for non-Jews, that is the form of marriage that they have, so Halacha recognizes it as marriage (nisuin), just there isn't kidushin for non-Jews.
Jun
24
comment What is the halachic source for objection to gay (civil) marriage?
One of the issues with the New York State law (at least as initially proposed) is that it will cause legal problems for religious people and organizations. E.g a religious-owned wedding hall could sued for discrimination for declining to service a gay marriage.
Jun
24
answered Why wear Black hats