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I'm an elected moderator on Mi Yodeya and The Workplace, and a pro-tempore mod on Writers and WorldBuilding.

I joined Stack Exchange so I could commit to the proposal for Mi Yodeya. I ask lots of questions to learn from the many knowledgeable Yodeyans. My answers tend to be to practical "Jewish life" questions.

Professionally, I'm a technical writer who works with (and often helps design) programming interfaces. I'd love to see more tech-writing questions on Writers.SE.

If you are a Jew and considering participating on the Biblical Hermeneutics SE site, I urge you to consider these words from someone who went down that path (10k user who invested a lot there before figuring out how bad it was). They want Jews to help out on their site, but they don't want to rein in the Christian evangelism so we'll feel welcome. That's at best distasteful. Proceed with caution, and ideally consult your rabbi first. (More info on our meta.) See also: Working with idolaters, infidels, and the impious: can interfaith discourse work?


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comment Paro enslaved Yisrael but they kept the good land — was that normal?
But on the other hand, when Paro gave them the land he told Yosef to have his brothers look after his flocks too -- "And if thou knowest any able men among them, then make them rulers over my cattle" (47:6). Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/12741/472
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revised Paro enslaved Yisrael but they kept the good land — was that normal?
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asked Paro enslaved Yisrael but they kept the good land — was that normal?
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comment Who is understood to be the “one like a man” referred to in Daniel 7:13?
Thanks for explaining what you're using. I use a Soncino text bundle (also with a nice interface, including search) and I can cut/paste from that, which is why I asked.
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comment Is there a halachic problem with saying “Christ” as a name?
What about when it's used as a name -- as a clear reference to an individual in history? I'm talking about uses like "C-- died on the cross" etc -- that's clearly talking about one false claimant to the title, not the concept in general. In other words, when it is used as a name, is the Gr"a still ok with it?
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comment Who is understood to be the “one like a man” referred to in Daniel 7:13?
Hi Joseph and a belated welcome to Mi Yodeya. I've noticed that you've included images from the talmud in several of your answers. Are these from a digital source? If so, would it be possible for you to cut and paste the text into your answers instead of just taking a screen shot? That way your answer would be accessible to people who have trouble with images (like people using screen-readers). And it'd also add some Google juice to your answers. Thanks.
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comment What is the valley of deep darkness (or shadow of death) in Psalm 23?
@Shokhet thanks for that information. (You could probably build that into an answer...) I'm still very much a beginner with Nach and non-Rashi commentary!
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comment What is the valley of deep darkness (or shadow of death) in Psalm 23?
@IsaacMoses thanks! I hadn't seen that. I'll have to go through those answers later; it looks like some do exact-word match and others (like Strong's) do shoresh-based matches. I want the latter. (Correction: apparently I had seen that question because I'd favorited it, but I then lost track of it.)
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reviewed Approve Should I close my eyes for the shmona estrai or look in the siddur?
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reviewed Approve What's the point of a haftorah for Miketz if it's always Shabbat Chanukah?
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comment Practically speaking, how should I cover my hair?
Thanks. Some of those caps look like they're close-fitting (not surprising if designed for cancer patients); a recommendation for something that can handle medium-length hair underneath (perhaps w/recommendations for the best way to distribute hair inside) would be helpful. I assume that wigs are meant for people w/very short hair. This question came up for me most recently on a visit out of town (where I hadn't been before); I knew that not everybody fully covered hair but something was needed, hence my scarf attempts. (I saw mostly dressy hats, it turned out.) Want to do better next time.
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comment Practically speaking, how should I cover my hair?
@Mike thanks for the hint. Some of the caps I've seen are basically a solid version of that (with a brim, usually), so if I knew what that was called I could try shopping for that.
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comment Practically speaking, how should I cover my hair?
@Daniel either -- how do I tie a scarf so it covers enough of my hair to be ok in those settings (and stays put!), or what can I do instead to satisfy the tzniut norms of the community? My level of scarf know-how is "bandana 101"; I can tie a knot under the back of my neck, but that leaves a lot of hair showing and I don't know if that's good enough. (Also, when I did that recently, it kept sliding around.)
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comment Time for t'filah and you don't have a siddur: better to daven from memory or wait (and possibly miss the time)?
This question was prompted by this one: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/35650/472.
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comment If the majority of organic and/or free range eggs contain blood spots, why are they certified kosher?
@code613 you seem to mainly be asking "why do organic eggs have this property?", which is not on-topic for us. (That would be a question for Biology, probably.) You also ask, tucked into a paragraph late in the question, "how can these be kosher given that this is so common?", which is on-topic for us. Could you please edit to focus it more on the on-topic question? Feel free to include the other background, but the question needs to ultimately be about kashrut, not chicken biology. Thanks.