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

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. 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 Covenant of pieces; cutting
Was this copied from somewhere? (Starting with "thank you for your feedback" makes me wonder.) If this is from another cite please attribute it. Thanks.
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comment Microwave oven and goy (me) cooking
Oh right; you did say that you were asking about the microwave, not the food. (For some reason I assumed he might also be eating the food, but you didn't say that.)
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comment Microwave oven and goy (me) cooking
Hmm. There is a rule about a Jew lighting the oven, but I've no idea if that applies to microwaves!
1d
comment How to pray for something
Do you know where Chazal say that? If so, editing it into your answer would make it stronger.
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comment Can an oven be kashered without a torch soon after use?
Hello and welcome to Mi Yodeya. I've edited the title of your question to be a little more descriptive. I wasn't sure which factor you think is primary, if either (without a torch, or within 24 hours). Please feel free to edit further. Thanks.
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revised Can an oven be kashered without a torch soon after use?
clarified title, added tag
Oct
27
awarded  Good Question
Oct
26
comment Is there a custom to color eggs on Lag Baomer?
@Bracha did you mean to post that comment on the answer that mentions Chabad? The question doesn't.
Oct
26
comment Experience-based advice for focusing and slowing down prayers?
I've tried to do that too (not specifically for this reason, but to be more precise in my pronunciation), and I've found a helpful side-effect: I'm getting better at spelling! (Because if I write a word just from memory I often get homophones wrong.)
Oct
26
revised halacha of honoring your Wife
edited tags
Oct
26
answered Bat mitzvah gift from non-Jew
Oct
24
comment Does wa tawrat (ותורת) in Jeremiah 8:8 means torah, namely the 5 books or Moshe?
@JimThio I see some of the confusion before. "Tawrat" is not being translated as "law of God" as you suggest in your question; the phrase וְתוֹרַת יְהֹוָה is. The first word ("tawrat" is in a grammatical form that requires another noun (YHVH, in this case) to follow. It does not stand alone, and you have to treat the phrase as one concept.
Oct
24
comment Does wa tawrat (ותורת) in Jeremiah 8:8 means torah, namely the 5 books or Moshe?
@Scimonster thanks for that edit.
Oct
24
comment Does wa tawrat (ותורת) in Jeremiah 8:8 means torah, namely the 5 books or Moshe?
Thanks for clarifying your question. I didn't actually say the source was christian, just that it's highly suspect. Anybody ascribing divine status to a man is "highly suspect" from Judaism's point of view; the exact flavor of that claim (christian, gnostic, whatever) doesn't matter too much.
Oct
23
awarded  Nice Question
Oct
23
comment When did people living for 900 years start to look old?
@Danno ah, that makes sense -- if aging is "on the way to death" then blindness would be orthogonal.
Oct
23
comment Is there really evidence that the Rabbis changed the day's beginning from sunrise to sunset?
@shmuley, you might want to recast this as "is this true and if so how do we know?", rather than taking it as a given that they're right. That might address the downvoters and close-voters.
Oct
23
comment When did people living for 900 years start to look old?
@BabySeal I was actually thinking of Yitzchak, who was going blind during the stolen-b'racha incident.
Oct
23
comment When did people living for 900 years start to look old?
I remember learning that Yitzchak was the first to get sick, as opposed to being in full health at the time of death. I wouldn't be surprised if "full health" also meant no obvious signs of aging, but that's just a guess.
Oct
22
comment Das Torah regarding taking notes during Shiurim
Comments deleted. Please take long discussions to chat. Further, when it becomes apparent that there is a serious disagreement or misunderstanding brewing, please try to take a step back and ask how you might best proceed. I find that asking for clarification, rather than reacting negatively to what I assume the other meant, works better. I know this is hard and we all miss the mark sometimes, but let's try, ok? Thank you all.