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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. 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?


Nov
4
answered Reform Shul- going?
Nov
2
accepted How old is the chanukiyah?
Nov
2
accepted Chanukiyah height restriction and modern architecture?
Nov
2
comment Jewish Blood and conversion?
Welcome to Mi Yodeya and thank you for bringing your question here. A more-specific version of your question was already asked and answered so I've marked this as a duplicate because those answers address your case too. If you feel your question is different, feel free to edit and leave a comment here pointing it out. Best wishes, and I hope you enjoy the site.
Nov
2
revised Bereshit 17:1 the age of Avram
correction from comment (thanks DoubleAA)
Nov
2
comment I need to become kohen eligible for marriage
@Scimonster how do you get a gap? That is, what causes a woman born of a Jewish mother to not herself be Jewish? If one's mother completely rejected Judaism and didn't even tell her kids, their Jewish maternal grandmother still makes them Jewish.
Nov
2
comment Saying amen while practicing leining?
@DoubleAA when I was learning trope I was taught to lein the "amen" as a way of grounding myself musically, because it has the same melody as one of the tropes (so that helps you not start too high or low for the first real trope, I guess). I suspect that this was mainly a way of aiding beginners; I know I don't need it now, for instance.
Nov
2
answered Bereshit 17:1 the age of Avram
Nov
2
comment Why is the Jewish Population so small?
Judaism allows conversion, but unlike Christianity and Islam, does not have a history of seeking converts, nor of imposing conversion by force.
Oct
30
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.)
Oct
30
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!
Oct
30
comment How to pray for something
Do you know where Chazal say that? If so, editing it into your answer would make it stronger.
Oct
29
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.
Oct
29
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.