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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 I need Jewish Sources considering the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil
Please add a credible (Jewish) source for your claim about what the Hebrew means, as this is not how any source I know understands it. Then, please clarify what you are actually asking -- are you asking about the meanings of the words tov and ra? Finally, "what do sources say about (broad topic)" would be too broad; please ask a specific question.
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comment my cellphone is off on Shabbat but the voicemail still takes a message
@user3949142 where I live, mail is routinely delivered on Saturdays, and also on chagim, because the government is somewhere between secular and Christian and they don't care. We just let it sit in the box and collect it after Shabbat. See also a question about package deliveries on Shabbat.
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revised What's the deal with female Rabbis?
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comment my cellphone is off on Shabbat but the voicemail still takes a message
Do you also throw out your physical mail that's delivered on Saturday? If not, what do you see as the difference? (I'm not criticizing you; I'm trying to understand where you think the problem might be.)
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comment Sefardim don't ever listen to live music?
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Aug
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comment When something is lost, tie a knot
@Jake, Isaac is right. Please feel free to leave a comment, but we reserve the answer space for posts that answer the question. Thanks for understanding.
Aug
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comment Is there a Jewish text about the “70 parts of Adams body”?
Please clarify the legend that you are trying to source. I (and others) can't understand your description.
Aug
28
comment Hugging a crying close friend of the opposite sex?
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Aug
27
comment Will only the Jews be blessed according to Haggai after they give tithes?
@user3216 thanks for explaining. I've made a minor edit that I think clarifies this; please let me know if that changed your intent.
Aug
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revised Will only the Jews be blessed according to Haggai after they give tithes?
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Aug
26
comment Can I eat chocolate melted in a meaty pot and then combined with dairy?
Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/34562/472
Aug
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revised Questions related to shul structure
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Aug
25
comment What side does someone with Situs inversus bang
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Aug
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comment Can Jews eat hunted animals?
Welcome to Mi Yodeya. As written, this doesn't seem to answer the question. If you're trying to say that hunting is ok for pikuach nefesh when no other food is available, could you edit to say that more directly? Adding sources will strengthen your answer. Without these changes this will probably be deleted; we reserve the answer space for answers, not discussion. See tour for more about how the site works. Thanks, and please do edit if you can make this fit better!
Aug
24
comment Should women kiss the Torah with their hand or with a prayer book?
I wouldn't think that possibly being niddah would affect it, as (I've read) you can't pasul a sefer torah that way -- and this isn't even the sefer itself but the cover. Also, as you note, men can be tamei too.
Aug
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Does Shabbos food make one fat?
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answered Partnership Minyan?
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comment Do Jews pray to deceased forefathers?
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Aug
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revised Does saying “I promise…” constitute any halachic obligation?
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revised Do Jews pray to deceased forefathers?
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