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

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 mostly to practical "Jewish life" questions.

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comment Which rabbis are knowledgeable about sexual dysfunction and accept Sholom Bayis questions?
@Yishai good point. If he doesn't come back, we should probably do that instead of just leaving it closed. Please flag later if you notice. Thanks.
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comment Is taking control of land by a Jew in Israel a sin if it was not controlled by him before?
I'm going to put this on hold before it explodes. luchonacho, your question is based on a faulty (and provocative) premise in your last sentence. A question about how the laws about stealing apply in warfare where territory changes hands would be a good question for the site, but the question you've asked is problematic. If you're interested in asking the question I described, I'm confident that the community will help you rephrase.
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comment Are Synagogues “holy ground,” offering protection from evil creatures?
Even if it's not an idea found in Jewish sources, if your character is a more-secular-than-religious Jew living in a Christian-dominated culture like the US, he might well make the same logical leap you did and run for a synagogue. Thanks for the interesting question.
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comment Which rabbis are knowledgeable about sexual dysfunction and accept Sholom Bayis questions?
Moderator note: I have put this question on hold temporarily until @Alan returns and comments on the changes to the question. Alan, if you agree with the change to a "how do I find?" question, just say the word and the first moderator who sees it can reopen. If, instead, you want to ask about the halacha of the specific issue you raised, please edit accordingly and the community will review. I'm sorry for the extra hassle; before people start posting answers we want to make sure they're answering the question you want to ask, hence putting on hold temporarily.
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comment Can a Jewish woman sing in front of a non-Jewish man?
@DoubleAA since all of your comments here post-date the edit, I thought maybe that wasn't clear. Wouldn't challenging the hypothesis be better done in an answer?
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comment Can a Jewish woman sing in front of a non-Jewish man?
@DoubleAA I'm under the (possibly-mistaken?) impression that kol isha is about preventing men from sinning -- that it's the man's obligation we're protecting. So if the man isn't Jewish and thus isn't bound to the mitzvot, it's plausible that singing isn't a problem. I'm guessing that this is where SAH is coming from and it seems like a reasonable starting point for the question to me.
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comment How do I find answers to sensitive questions I can't ask my rabbi?
Are you affiliated with the site you linked to? (From your profile it appears that you are.) It's fine to link to your own site, but we do require that you disclose the affiliation if so. Thanks.
Jul
27
comment Reform Judaism as an avenue for Ethical Monotheism for gentiles
Thanks for adding support for that. (I wasn't questioning the description of Reform, just the part about belief requirements for Noachides.)
Jul
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comment Reform Judaism as an avenue for Ethical Monotheism for gentiles
Where do we learn that a Noachide must believe that?
Jul
24
comment Showering after chatzos on Friday the 8th of Av
The question asks which communities do/don't have this custom, so I don't see why an answer about Sefardim isn't relevant. The question didn't say which Ashkenazi communities.
Jul
24
awarded  Nice Question
Jul
23
revised Havdalah if you have to eat or drink on Tisha B'Av that comes out on Sunday
edited title
Jul
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awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
20
revised Before or during Jesus's time, what other notable Jews claimed to be or hinted at being the Messiah?
edited title
Jul
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comment Before or during Jesus's time, what other notable Jews claimed to be or hinted at being the Messiah?
Thanks; I've made an edit to the title to bring it into line with the body (and your comment). Also, welcome to Mi Yodeya! (I just noticed that you're new.)
Jul
20
revised Before or during Jesus's time, what other notable Jews claimed to be or hinted at being the Messiah?
clarified scope per comments
Jul
20
comment Before or during Jesus's time, what other notable Jews claimed to be or hinted at being the Messiah?
Are you looking only for those who would have been known by Jesus's time (and not, e.g., Shabbatai Tzvi 1600+ years later)?
Jul
20
comment Who is Moshiach?
Related (about Eliyahu as harbinger): judaism.stackexchange.com/q/59523/472
Jul
20
awarded  Revival
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comment How big can a mezuzah be?
On the other hand, if there's a compartment in there at the right position into which a normal klaf is placed, the fact that the case is over-sized might not matter. (The article doesn't say anything about the klaf.)